Tue 02 Jun 2015, 12:00
Prof John Hutchinson chats about his love for dinosaurs and what they have taught us.
Thanks to amazing and cutting-edge technology and a team of paleontologists, veterinary surgeons and anatomists, the world’s first full-size, anatomically correct T-Rex was built. You can watch this incredible remake being dissected with informative running commentary from esteemed Professor John Hutchinson on National Geographic, on Monday 8 June at 20:05.
Professor John Hutchinson talks about the experience and how he got there:
Hutchinson wanted to be a paleontologist from a young age because of his love for dinosaurs. “Dinosaurs – it’s a gateway into science,” he says. However, he also remembers losing interest in the dinos when he grew older, only to reconnect with them once he read Jurassic Park in college. “I also started to take classes in evolution, and then some paleontology classes as well, and then just seeing Jurassic Park the movie - so all those things together, around the same time, that’s when I knew I wanted to go into science as a field,” says Hutchinson.
Once realising that a career in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology could be cool, Hutchinson notes: “I just happened to get a PhD position in the lab to study a T-Rex and I was like 'WOW'!”
Hutchinson believes that “[t]he study of dinosaurs and the life of the past is very important because it gives us insight into how the world has changed over a great period of time.”
“Going through this kind of dissection really helps us all to learn,” says Hutchinson, “And so, paleontology could help solve some of the problems we face today by showing us ‘here’s what happens’, ‘here’s how things recover from an extinction’, and things like that.”
Tune into the T-Rex Autopsy on National Geographic Channel at 20:05 CAT on 8 June and see why Hutchinson says: “It fills us with awe.”