Prehistoric Road Trip Preview

A screening of the new PBS documentary titled 'Prehistoric Road Trip' will be held Tuesday at Roy’s Black Hills Twin Drive-In, in Hermosa. The event is free and open to the public.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Series host Emily Graslie, who grew up in Rapid City, will be discussing her experiences filming the three-part documentary in fossil country, including sites in western South Dakota.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting will host a screening of the series on Tuesday, June 9 at 9 p.m. at Roy’s Black Hills Twin Drive-In in Hermosa.

The event is free and open to the public.

Prehistoric Road Trip Host Emily Graslie Dr Jim Mead At The Mammoth Site

Prehistoric Road Trip Host Emily Graslie Dr Jim Mead At The Mammoth Site, Courtesy Julie Florio

Graslie examines the fossils of diverse prehistoric creatures and plants as well as the people who helped bring the discoveries to light.

Graslie says, “There’s an amazing variety of geologic diversity in a really short amount of time, so you can start in the center of the Black Hills and drive out from there and drive through literally hundreds of millions of years of earth’s history, and visit some of the world’s best fossil sites in the world.”

Graslie said the series took nine months to plan and eight weeks to film the series, saying, “Just in general, it was amazing to hook up with all these different scientists who are exploring so many different aspects of the geologic and paleologic region.”

Prehistoric Road Trip Host Emily Graslie, Courtesy Julie Florio

Prehistoric Road Trip Host Emily Graslie, Courtesy Julie Florio

Graslie serves as the host and guide of the series that travels thousands of miles to visit some of the most active and dynamic fossil sites in the world.

Graslie says, “That is one amazing thing about this state is just the scientific richness and the cultural history of South Dakota, it is unique and it does deserve to be celebrated.”

Prehistoric Road Trip, Courtesy PBS

Prehistoric Road Trip, Courtesy PBS

Prehistoric Road Trip premieres Wednesdays, June 17-July 1, at 9 p.m. (8 MT) on SDPB.

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