Veteran broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, will explore how dinosaurs came to be extinct in a new documentary for the BBC.

He will look at some of the fossil finds from a new dig site at a secret, prehistoric graveyard hidden in the low hills of North Dakota, known as Tanis, for the one-off film Dinosaurs: The Final Day, with David Attenborough.

The fossilised creatures at the site, dating from the very end of the Late Cretaceous period and buried in a crumbly layer of rock, are preserved in such detail that they could help offer a clearer picture of the time just before an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.


New VFX production techniques will be used to immerse Sir David in the Late Cretaceous and bring the creatures which lived at Tanis to life.

Sir David said: “Dinosaurs were among nature’s most extraordinary creatures, dominating the planet for over 150 million years before they became extinct.

“Tanis could be a place where the remains can give us an unprecedented window into the lives of the very last dinosaurs, and a minute-by-minute picture of what happened when the asteroid hit.”

:: Dinosaurs: The Final Day, with David Attenborough will be on BBC One and iPlayer later this year