[06/22/11 - 10:31 AM]
New Discovery Channel Special "Dino Gangs" Uncovers Ground-Breaking New Theory: T-Rex Hunted in Organized Gangs
Leading paleontologist Dr. Phil Currie toplines the special, premiering Saturday, July 9 at 8:00/7:00c.

[via press release from Discovery]


- Premieres Saturday, July 9 at 8PM ET/PT -

For years, scientists concluded that Tyrannosaurs like the T-Rex were solitary creatures because their skeletons were found alone. Now, leading paleontologist Dr. Phil Currie believes that Tyrannosaurs were cooperative pack animals that hunted in terrifying gangs. This major new discovery, and Dr. Currie's radical theory, are the subject of the new special DINO GANGS, airing Saturday, July 9 at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

Currie's theory is based on new evidence from a remote corner of Mongolia, where paleontologists have unearthed the remains of 90 Tarbosaurus dinosaurs - the Chinese T-Rex -- in one region of the Gobi Desert. Dr. Currie believes that many of them, found close together, were part of a single social group.

With exclusive access to his research, DINO GANGS follows Dr. Currie on a global quest from the dinosaur graveyards of the Gobi Desert to the wilds of the African Kalahari. To prove his theory, the special uses cutting-edge animation and powerful computer generated imagery to immerse viewers into Tyrannosaurs' mysterious lives. Using CT scans of a Tyrannosaur skull, the special shows how it is possible to build a 3D model of the Tyrannosaur's brain, blood vessels and nerves. DINO GANGS could change our understanding of dinosaurs forever, by revealing that Tyrannosaurs were more intelligent -- and far more deadly -- than we had ever imagined.

DINO GANGS is produced by Atlantic Productions; Anthony Geffen is executive producer. Jack Smith is executive producer for Discovery Channel.

About Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in over 180 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

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