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Cowboys and dinosaurs: New TV series follows fossil-hunting ranchers in Wyoming, Montana
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When John Jones and his crew at Half Yard Productions conceived a new television series on fossil hunting in the West, the hook turned out to be another iconic figure — cowboys.
“It just clicked for everyone,” he said.
With its third episode airing this week on the Discovery Channel, “Dino Hunters” is capturing the imagination of a world wrestling with confinement during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s great to provide people an escape,” Jones said, and “get people dreaming about visiting the West.”
The show, which premiered June 19, includes Montana rancher Clayton Phipps, also known as the dinosaur cowboy, and his 13-year-old son Luke; father and son Mike and Jake Harris of Newcastle, Wyoming; their neighbor Aaron Bolan; and South Dakota’s Jared Hudson.
In addition to filming the ranchers’ fossil discoveries, the show details some of the chores involved in running a working cattle ranch. The crew also adds animation of the dinosaurs found to bring the long-extinct animals to life for viewers, as well as showing how bones are situated in the ground.
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