"VALLEY OF THE T-REX"
Deep in the vast badlands of Montana, in a place so remote only a
handful of people can be found for hundreds of square miles,
paleontologist Jack Horner trudges across barren scrub land
scrutinizing every bit of dirt and rock beneath his feet.? To most
people, this is a bleak and desolate landscape of nothing more than
dust, stones and boulders for miles and miles in every direction.? But
to Horner, this land is a bountiful garden of ripe Mesozoic fruits,
each full of precious clues to mysteries that have been buried for
millions of years.? It is here, in a place called Hell Creek, that
Horner has found a burgeoning crop of his most prized commodity,
dinosaur bones.? And not just any dinosaur, but the most famous of them
all: Tyrannosaurus rex.
Discovery Channel?s Expedition Adventure series provides viewers with the rare opportunity to follow one of the world?s foremost T-rex experts on his record-breaking season of dinosaur hunting.? With vivid, life-like computer animation Horner?s new and very different vision of T-rex is also revealed for the first time.
Was T-rex ? the most feared and revered dinosaur of all time ? really the fierce predator that popular belief has celebrated for so long?? Was it really an agile runner who chased down its prey at breakneck speeds and stood majestically upright over its unfortunate victims?? Viewers learn that Jack Horner has found evidence he believes paints a very different picture of the so-called ?Tyrant Lizard King.?? Over the course of the last two dinosaur hunting seasons, Horner and his team of scientists, students and volunteers have discovered a record number of T-rex that offer a wealth of new information about the species? evolution, behavior, and physical appearance.? And the evidence they have uncovered represents a very different kind of dinosaur ? a scavenger.? Dazzling computer animation brings this new vision of T-rex to life for the first time; one that behaves differently and, as Horner suggests, also looks unlike any other T-rex seen before.
Not only did Horner and his team uncover a record eight T-rex over the past two seasons, but three of those specimens are estimated to be the oldest T-rex ever found.? These T-rex are believed to predate all previously discovered T-rex by 2 million years, and could offer an abundance of information about T-rex evolution and behavior.? In addition, Horner recently announced another startling discovery: a more than 90 percent complete, fully articulated juvenile Tyrannosaur ? a close relative to T-rex and what is believed to be the dinosaur from which T-rex evolved.
In addition to the latest discoveries and evidence, and a first-time computer-animated look at Horner?s all new scavenger T-rex, viewers get an inside look at what it takes to hunt down a 65-million-year-old reptile.? The team camps during the entire season on the south side of Montana?s Hell Creek State Park ? the closest town is a 60-minute drive away on dirt roads.? In order to reach the site, the team must travel even farther into the abyss either by foot, boat or helicopter.? There to greet the weary hunters are millions of years worth of mudstone and sandstone to quarry using everything from tiny brushes to 90-pound jackhammers.? While crews rush to prepare the last few excavated bones for airlift out before the end of the season, Horner also takes viewers on a hike through new territory and miraculously discovers even more prehistoric treasures for next season?s dig.
Produced and directed in high-definition by Reuben Aaronson and James McQuillan of FilmOasis.? For Discovery Channel, Tomi Landis is executive producer,"VALLEY OF THE T-REX" will take you back 65 million years right to the heart of the Cretaceous...and right to the edge of your seat. More info (including purchase options) can be found at Discovery.com.
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