Sir David Attenborough will explore the last day of the dinosaurs in a new BBC film

Sir David Attenborough is set to explore how dinosaurs became extinct in a new BBC documentary.

The veteran broadcaster and naturalist will examine some of the fossil finds from a new dig site at a secret prehistoric cemetery hidden in the low hills of North Dakota, known as Tanis, for the single film Dinosaurs: The Last Day, with David Attenborough.

Fossilized creatures at the site, dating to the very end of the Upper Cretaceous and buried in a layer of crumbly rock, are preserved in such detail that they could help offer a clearer picture of the time just before an asteroid annihilated the dinosaurs. than ever before.

Sir David will join leading experts and follow the excavation team as they implement cutting-edge visualization and digitization techniques to reveal fossilized secrets invisible to the naked eye.

New visual effects production techniques will be used to immerse Sir David in the Upper Cretaceous and bring the creatures that lived in Tanis to life.

A BBC Studios Science Unit film crew followed paleontologist Robert DePalma for three years as he explored the site and unearthed creatures, which may shed light on life at the very end of the dinosaur age.

He searched for new evidence at Tanis that can link the site to the actual day the asteroid struck, perhaps allowing a blow-by-blow visualization of the devastation that occurred on the last day that dinosaurs ruled the planet. Earth.

Sir David said: “Dinosaurs were among nature’s most extraordinary creatures, dominating the planet for more than 150 million years before their extinction.

“Tanis could be a place where the remains can give us an unprecedented window into the lives of the very last dinosaurs and a minute-by-minute picture of what happened when the asteroid hit.”

Dinosaurs: The Last Day, starring David Attenborough will be on BBC One and iPlayer later this year.

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