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TV crew visits Morden today for dinosaur series

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The Discovery Channel is back in Morden to tap into the brain power at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.

A crew from the network is to arrive at the CFDC today to film content for an upcoming series titled ‘Reign of the Dinosaurs.’

The visit will help build the scientific components to what is primarily an animated story on ancient mosasaurs and sharks and marks the first time the CFDC is being consulted by a major media network for background on a story.

CFDC curator Anita Janzic said Hollywood story tellers have typically referenced the marine reptile fossil collection in the Kansas area for this type of production.

The network is describing ‘Reign of the Dinosaurs’ as ‘Avatar meets Jurassic Park’ as a follow-up to its ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ series. It combines the latest paleontological research with Hollywood storytelling and dinosaur illustrators, animators and scientists.

A crew from The Discovery Channel previously visited the centre in the summer of 2010 to film the preliminary excavation of the major Xiphactinus fish fossil discovery as part of the Daily Planet news show.

The CFDC houses the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada, including ‘Bruce’ the largest mosasaur in the country.

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