Behind the Scenes of T. Rex Autopsy

Tonight on T. rex Autopsy, veterinary surgeon Dr. Luke Gamble and a team of leading paleontologists dissect the world’s first life-sized, anatomically precise model of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The model’s dimensions are based on bone scans of “Sue,” the largest and most complete T. rex fossil ever found. The life-like organs were created using the latest scientific knowledge and research and in collaboration with a team of paleontologists and comparative anatomists. The team gets pulled into an incredible visualization of the anatomy and biology of the most infamous predator to have ever lived.

But what does it take to build such a massive structure? A team of dedicated professionals laboring for more than 5 months (10,000 person-hours), 20 liters of paint, 5 tons of clay, 75 liters of latex, 200 liters of silicone… and a whole lot of fake blood. Watch the build unfold in this timelapse.

And go behind the scenes with some of the designers and sculptors to check out the workshop who created the massive T. rex:

Don’t miss T. rex Autopsy this Sunday at 9/8c.