Londoners were amazed to see a 30 foot long T.rex yesterday, strapped to a flatbed truck, apparently taking the final journey to its autopsy.
Bearing a giant toe tag and only partially covered by blood-soaked sheets, the drooling prehistoric beast stunned and delighted thousands of witnesses as it took a scenic route through the busy streets from 7am, with only rush hour standing between the dinosaur and its dissection.
Causing intrigue from the streets of Brixton, through Central London and passing the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, London Bridge and Buckingham Palace along the way, the T. rex triggered mass speculation on social media all morning before National Geographic Channel revealed it was a stunt to promote the broadcast of two-hour special T. rex Autopsy this Sunday evening at 8pm.
Ed Sayer, VP Commissioning, National Geographic Channels International, said: “We are thrilled to be unveiling T. rex Autopsy to British audiences this Sunday, a one-off special event featuring the world’s first full-size, anatomically complete recreation of a Tyrannosaurus rex, made in line with the latest paleontological discoveries. To mark this occasion and the start of Jurassic Week on National Geographic Channel, a replica T. rex hit the streets of London to give the public a taste of what is to come.
Whilst our replica went on a fleeting journey, National Geographic Channel viewers will get the unprecedented opportunity to witness the dissection in a cutting-edge science experiment, as four intrepid scientists get to the heart of what made this fearsome creature tick.”
Social media was in up-roar, as people questioned whether their eyes deceived them, with hundreds of witnesses rushing to get the best vantage point for selfies and video footage.
About T. rex Autopsy
T. rex Autopsy sees the world’s first life-sized anatomically precise model of a T. rex go under the knife in an incredible visualization of the anatomy and biology of the most infamous predator to have ever lived. The model’s dimensions are based on bone scans of ‘Sue’, the largest and most complete T. rex fossil ever found. It measures 43 feet / 13 meters from nose to tail and 13 feet / 4 meters from to toe to hip. The life-like organs were created using the latest scientific knowledge and research and in collaboration with a team of paleontologists and comparative anatomists. As the teams get stuck in and investigate how the specimen may have died, they explore its biology and anatomy, and discuss how the world’s most infamous mega-predator may have lived.Trailer - http://natgeotv.com/uk/t-rex-autopsy/videos/t-rex-autopsy-trailer
T. rex Autopsy premieres on National Geographic Channel this Sunday evening at 8pm