For the non-fiction fans out there, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best dinosaur documentaries. There are a lot to choose from, but here are five to start:
1. Dinosaur 13
A documentary by Todd Douglas Miller. The documentary chronicles the epic tale of Sue, a T. rex found near the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota. It involves love, protests, and federal prison, and reveals the deep passion of paleontologist Peter Larson. Highly recommend.
A BBC documentary that focuses on one particular Allosaurus, Al. Big Al is the name of a real Allosaurus fossil. The film follows Al’s birth until his death as a mature adolescent, from injuries.
3. Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia
A film that goes back and forth between the work of Rodolfo Coria, who co-named Argentinosaurus and discovered Giganotosaurus, as well as other famous South American dinosaurs, and life in the early Cretaceous. Of course, it focuses on the lives of an Argentinosaurus and Giganotosaurus.
Another BBC documentary, but this one goes over how paleontologists rebuild a dinosaur, including muscles and skin color, from a bunch of bones. Dr. Alice Roberts details the process on how dinosaur museum exhibits are created.
5. When Dinosaurs Roamed America
The film goes through different segments of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. It portrays the dinosaurs as quick and has good animation.
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For all dinosaur fossil fans, there’s also a new series coming to the Discovery Channel called ‘Dino Hunters’ on 6/19/2020 that I’m definitely going to be checking out!