Friday, March 29, 2013

Today's Dinosaur News

Posted by on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Next Friday, April 5, Jurassic Park is being re-released in 3D at theaters across the country. Between this and Jurassic Park 4 on the horizon, there's been quite a bit of discussion about the merits of the original movie and whether there should be feathers on the theropods in JP4. Some of my favorite commentary has come from David Orr over at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs. In a recent post he articulates why many of us dinophiles love that movie:

Jurassic Park, it has been widely pointed out, is revolutionary not just for its special effects but from the way the dinosaurs were depicted as real animals. Huge, yes, perhaps monstrous in form, but with the body language and presence of living creatures. When I think of Jurassic Park, my first thought isn't necessarily of raptors in the kitchen. It's of the cocked head and curiously dainty step of the Tyrannosaur as it climbs over the rim of its enclosure. It's of a panicked flock of Gallimimus arcing over a grassy field toward the camera. It's of the closing moment of the The Lost World, where we glimpse a primeval world without humans, where the carnivores don't always roar and the herbivores can go about their business.

Go read the whole thing.

Meanwhile, Vulture has this post ranking all the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, with the velociraptors coming out on top. I think we can do better, Sloggers. Please vote in this binding poll:


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It's got to be T-Rex... if only for the scene in JP2 where it's drinking from the swimming pool, and smashing through the gas station.... and the obvious cock-up with the boat carrying it... just where was it when the boat crashed?
Posted by MerrimanLyon on March 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM · Report this
JonnoN 2
I had to google which ones the spitters are (Dilophosaurus).
Posted by JonnoN on March 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM · Report this
The Max 3
The "Velociraptors" in JP aren't. Real Velociraptors were about the size of a peacock. They'd only be dangerous to an adult human if they really were pack hunters. More than likely, they hunted our distant ancestors, Morganucodons & Sinoconodons, which were about the size of rats and mice. What we see in the movie are Utahraptors. Except, real U-rapts were almost certainly covered in feathers. T-Rex was almost certainly feathered too. But the rexy still gets my vote.
Posted by The Max on March 29, 2013 at 7:25 PM · Report this
Andy Niable 4
(Why isn't "Richard Attenborough" an option in the JP poll?)
Posted by Andy Niable on March 30, 2013 at 2:14 AM · Report this
Mighty Kaytor 5
I'm voting Gallimimus because it's just so fun to say.

Posted by Mighty Kaytor on March 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM · Report this
Posted by Drew2u on April 9, 2013 at 8:56 AM · Report this

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