Londoners were amazed to see a 30 foot long T.rex today, strapped to a flatbed truck, apparently taking the final journey to its autopsy earlier this week. But it was all part of National Geographic Channel’s publicity for their forthcoming T. rex Autopsy documentary.
“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 taster of what is to come. – Ed Sayer, VP Commissioning, National Geographic Channels International
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 on Monday morning (June 1st), 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.
“Whilst the 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.” – Ed Sayer, VP Commissioning, National Geographic Channels International
Social media was in up-roar throughout the morning, as people questioned whether their eyes deceived them, with hundreds of witnesses rushing to get the best vantage point for selfies and video footage.
T. rex Autopsy Sunday at 8pm on the UK National Geographic Channel