Scientists have unearthed the first ever dinosaur tail completely encased in amber, confirming the controversial bird theory from #JurassicPark's Dr. Alan Grant:
While this is exciting news for science buffs and dino-enthusiasts alike, it's a little disappointing for the designers of #JurassicPark's dinosaurs. You see, the 99-million-year-old tail was completely covered in fine feathers, adding weight to the belief that dinosaurs weren't nearly as scaly as the films would have us believe.
The tail belongs to a dinosaur called a coelurosaurian, which was related to both the velociraptor and the tyrannosaurus rex. So does this mean we'll be seeing more fluffy-feathered predators in #JurassicWorld 2? Original Jurassic World Director Colin Trevorrow doesn't seem too keen on the idea:
The Jurassic Park franchise isn't exactly known for its accurate version of science. But that's not the point. The filmmakers have always enlisted the help of actual scientists during the creative process, and they were certainly made aware of the amount of factual inaccuracies in their portrayal of dinosaurs, cloning and DNA technology.
Despite this, they still decided to go ahead and show their own exciting, yet incorrect science. Why? Because it's not a documentary. It's science fiction; a fantastical, make-believe narrative loosely based around science.
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The Right Decision
While purists may still object to the lack of scientific integrity displayed by the filmmakers, it's important to realize that it was probably for the best. If they had followed the science to the book, the films would have been far less thrilling.
Not convinced? Here's what we would have missed out on if the films had accurately portrayed the science of Jurassic Park:
4. There Would Be Literally No Dinosaurs
The dinosaur clones in Jurassic Park were made possible by extracting blood from mosquitoes fossilized in amber. The perfectly preserved "dino DNA" allowed the park's scientists to bring dozens of dinosaur species back to life.
Aside from the low likelihood of actually finding a bunch of mosquitoes that had happened to land in tree sap millions of years ago, the blood containing the precious DNA would probably have broken down. Even if it hadn't, the process of extraction most likely would have mixed in quite a bit of the mosquito's DNA with dinosaur. Now that's a scary hybrid.
3. No More Water Show
The shark-eating Mosasaurus in Jurassic World had to be one of the greatest additions to the film, as well as a great tie-in to the film's comment on inhumane parks like SeaWorld.
Unfortunately, a park full of genuine Jurassic-era dinosaurs definitely wouldn't have featured the likes of this guy. The Mosasaurus belonged to the Cretaceous period, not the Jurassic period. In fact, most of the iconic dinosaurs featured in the franchise are from the Cretaceous period— like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Velociraptor, and the Triceratops. But hey, at least we'd still get the Brachiosaurus!
2. Dr. Grant Would Be Super Dead
About 30 seconds before Ian Malcolm messed everything up again in Jurassic Park, Dr. Alan Grant saved the day by sending an oncoming Tyrannosaurus Rex plodding off in the opposite direction by throwing a lit flare. That's because the vicious beast's poor eyesight is based almost entirely on movement. What a smart cookie!
Actually, no. The T-Rex had better eyesight than a hawk, thanks to its forward-facing eyes. Flare or no flare, the T-Rex would have zoned in on him immediately using a combination of its terrific vision and sense of smell, turning our favorite paleontologist into a tasty treat.
1. Velociraptors Would Pose Zero Threat
The T-Rex may be scary, but he's no match for the highly intelligent Velociraptor. Fast, cunning and deadly, very few Jurassic Park characters stood a chance against the giant raptors.
In reality, the Velociraptor was far lest imposing than shown on screen. They stood at around 1.5 feet, which makes them even shorter than a turkey. Their human prey could easily dispose of an entire pack with little more than a few swift kicks. That would make Chris Pratt's motorbike chase sequence in Jurassic World look like a lazy farmer attempting to exercise his chickens.
Good thing Jurassic Park doesn't follow science to the letter, otherwise we probably wouldn't have a lot of these awesome kills:
(Source: National Geographic)