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Young Dinosaur Fan Sways Utah Senator to Change State Fossil

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Young dinosaur fan sways Utah senator to change state fossil

A 10-year-old dinosaur fan persuaded a Utah senator to start a legislative battle to change the state fossil to the Utahraptor instead of the Allosaurus to honor a dinosaur only found in Utah and featured in some of the "Jurassic Park" movies.

Kenyon Roberts asked a recent dinner guest, state Sen. Curt Bramble, why Utah had made the Allosaurus its official state fossil. Kenyon argued the Utahraptor should have that designation instead, The Salt Lake Tribune reported .

"I didn't know we had a state fossil," Bramble said.

"Its name has 'Utah' in it, and it's only found in Utah. The Allosaurus has been found in Europe, Africa and other states. The first Allosaurus skull was found in Colorado," said Kenyon, the son of Republican activist Jeremy Roberts.

A newly convinced Bramble is drafting legislation to make the change official.

Bramble and state drafting attorneys asked Kenyon to review an early draft of the bill to honor Utahraptor. His father notes that he told drafting attorneys, "The bill's fine, but Utahraptor needs to be one word, not two."

Bramble said he doesn't like the debates that often occur to create new state symbols, but noted Utah already has a state fossil. "And if we're going to have a state fossil, then it ought to be something unique to the state."

When asked who would win a real fight between the two dinosaurs, Kenyon said without hesitation, "Utahraptor. It might be slightly smaller than the Allosaurus, but smarter." He adds that scientists believe Utahraptors hunted in packs, so Allosaurus may have been outnumbered in any confrontation.

While 43 states have a state dinosaur or fossil, Utah is the only one to honor Allosaurus and none has selected Utahraptor.

 

Utah has 27 official state symbols.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, www.sltrib.com

 

 

Colin Trevorrow Says Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Is Part of a Trilogy

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Colin Trevorrow Says Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Is Part of a Trilogy

How will Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom set the stage for a unified, Jurassic Park trilogy?
 

In a recent Youtube interview with Sebas Tabany, Colin Trevorrow revealed the new Jurassic Park doesn’t end on a “cliffhanger,” per se, but is “designed for people to want to know what’s going to happen next.”

At the end of this movie, it’s not a cliffhanger, but it’s designed for people to want to know what’s going to happen next, whereas the earlier Jurassic Park movies had pretty clear definitive endings. They were much more episodic. In working with Derek Connolly, my co-writer, we were also thinking about where it was gonna go in the future.

Trevorrow also states the entire Jurassic World enterprise was conceived as a trilogy.

I remember telling Steven [Spielberg] even while we were making the first movie. ‘This is the beginning. Here is the middle. And here’s the end of the end.’ This is where we want to go. I feel like that kind of design is crucial to a franchise like this if you really want to bring people along with you and make sure they stay interested. It needs to be thought through on that level. It can’t be arbitrary, especially if we want to turn this into a character-based franchise with people who you lean in to follow what they’re going to do.

Via io9.gizmodo.com

Top Fossil Discoveries of 2017

Sunday, January 14, 2018

 Some of the best fossils of 2017. Composite: WILLIAM GRAF, University of Wisconsin – Madison/Erikkson et al 2017/Lukas Panzarin/Andrea Cau/Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

The Lost Worlds Revisited team has been reflecting on a bumper twelve months of palaeontological discoveries. Overwhelmed with choice, we also asked on Twitter for other people’s favourite fossil finds of 2017. So here is a combination of those fossiliferous suggestions, alongside some of our personal favourites. Enjoy!

First life on earth

Some of the smallest fossil finds of 2017 were among the most controversial. In March, Matthew Dodd and colleagues described tiny tubes and filamentscomposed of iron oxide in rocks from Quebec, Canada dated between 3.77bn and 4.28bn years old. They interpreted them as the remains of bacteria living around hydrothermal vents, pushing the earliest evidence of biological activity to more than 3.77bn years ago, and conceivably even a staggering 500m years earlier. In September, Takayuki Tashiro and colleagues analysed graphite particles from rocks 3.95bn years old from northern Labrador, Canada. They concluded from isotope ratios that the carbon was biologically produced, although this interpretation was not shared by all researchers.

Finally, in research published mid-December, Bill Schopf and colleagues used the carbon isotope composition of microfossils in the 3.46bn year old Apex Chert, from Western Australia, to confirm their previously-disputed biological origins and even work out which groups of microbes were represented. Two species were primitive bacterial photosynthesizers, one was a methane-producing Archaean microbe, and two others were bacterial methane consumers. This impressive study shows that methane-cycling microbial communities were already established by 3.5bn years ago.

 

Halszkaraptorthe bird-like bombshell

2017 was a great year for paleontologists, and it was hard to keep up with all the fossil splendor coming at me from various angles. However, one that stood out is the recently described fossil of a theropod dinosaur - studied non-invasively with high-tech 3D scanning - that shows amazing bird-like features. 

The theory that birds descended from dinosaurs is now commonly accepted amongst vertebrate palaeontologist. The discovery of exquisitely well preserved fossils, such as those from Liaoning province in China, has shown us that many features we once reserved for birds, were actually widespread amongst theropod dinosaurs (the group of dinosaurs that ultimately gave rise to birds), including those that were not on the lineage towards birds.

But no one could have predicted Halszkaraptor escuillieia new species of non-avian theropod dinosaur from Mongolia (Cau et al., 2017). Its long neck, constituting 50% of the total snout-to-tail length and the longest for any Mesozoic theropod dinosaur, is reminiscent of that seen in some birds, particularly swans. Halszkaraptor forms a new group of dromaeosaurids, the Halszkaraptorinae, and its unusual morphology suggests a semi-aquatic lifestyle. Its flattened wing bones are also seen in penguins and other aquatic birds, and the large number of teeth indicate that it was a predator. Moreover, Halszkaraptor appears to be the first non-avian dinosaur who was able to move both on land and in the water. As the authors of the research state in their last paragraph, the peculiar looks of Halszkaraptor shows us how much of the diversity of dinosaurs remains to be undiscovered.

 

Borealopelta markmitchelli

This is a new armoured dinosaur (a relative of the famous ankylosaurus) whose discovery was first reported in these pages back in 2013 because of the exceptional circumstances around its discovery in northern Alberta. Spotted by an excavator crew as a dot on a hillside, this remarkable creature is a real rarity, a land living animal that had floated many miles out to sea before it sank, intact, was buried, and eventually recovery millions of years later. The rock in which it was entombed was exceptionally tough and the bones fragile, so it took museum preparator Mark Mitchell years to prepare. He was rewarded when the animal was finally named as a new species.

However, the fossil itself turned out to be more remarkable still than the circumstances around its death and fossilisation. Borealopelta is one of the best preserved dinosaurs ever discovered: not only is the main skeleton very nearly complete, but the huge number of bony spikes and plates that make up its armour are also preserved. Better yet, they retain their original positions, so it is possible to see how they line up and change along the body. Even better still, much of the armour retains the horny sheathes that covered it. The skin of the animal is brilliantly preserved and in such fidelity that work has already been published on the colours and patterns of Borealopelta, and the likely use of its huge shoulder spines in displays.

 

Shringasaurus, the ‘horned lizard of India’

Following the biggest mass extinction in Earth’s geological history, at the end of the Permian, evolution in the Triassic period was like a teenager who has just left home for the first time. Finding itself in a new world free of constraints, it became wildly experimental. Many of these wacky, chimeric combinations have never been repeated (similar to most people’s experience of the 1980s). Evolution likes to try everything at least once. 

In 2017, Shringasaurus indicus (‘horned lizard of India’) evidenced the singular nature of these Triassic lifeforms. This newly-found archosauromorph waddled on four sprawled legs across what is now India, around 240m years ago. It had two forward pointing horns on its head, at the end of a long neck and body. With a humped, powerful shoulder at the front and sinuous back-end with long tail, it was like the love-child of a rhino and a komodo dragon. At around three-and-a-half metres long, this chunky, odd-ball herbivore would have been analogous to the large bovid species of the modern world (cows). It has been suggested that the horns of Shringasaurus were used for sexual selection, as in cattle. Having found the partial remains of several Shringasaurus individuals of different ages and genders, researchers were able to say a lot about how this animal grew, and that the horns were sexually dimorphic – meaning that only male animals possessed them.

Triassic animals like Shringasaurus are vital to helping us understand the bigger evolutionary picture. They were part of the first ecosystems established after the end-Permian mass-extinction, giving us information about how life on earth recovers from disaster. They were also the predecessors of the major radiations of crocodiles, turtles, dinosaurs, and multiple now-extinct reptilian lineages that would succeed them. They were also fantastically weird; which is why at least one of them deserves to be in the top fossil discoveries of the year.

 

The giant fossil Bobbit worm

If you have read Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel Dune, you are aware of sandworms: the colossal worm-like creatures that inhabit the desert planet Arrakis. Thankfully, us earthlings do not have to worry about being swallowed by giant worms, but jaw fossils found in the Devonian of Ontaria, Canada, show that giant worms did once exist on earth.

Websteroprion armstrongi (partially named after death metal bass player Alex Webster) is a new species of giant bristle worm (polychaete) described based on these partial jaw fossils. Despite being long and squishy, bristle worms have a decent fossil record. They have been present since the Paleozoic (541-251 million years ago) and extinct forms show a diversity of body plans. The specimens were collected back in 1994, by Derek K Armstrong of the Ontario Geological Survey at a remote location in Ontario, and had been stored at the Royal Ontario Museum. 

Of this new fossil bristle worm, only the jaws (the only hard part in these animals) are preserved. The fossil jaws may have measured over 1 cm in length. Granted, this does not sound particularly awe-inspiring, but in the world of worms, Websteroprion’s jaws are truly colossal, as fossil polychaete jaws generally measure 0.1-2mm. By extrapolating from the size of the jaw fossils, the authors of the study estimate that Websteroprion armstrongi could have been 1-2 meters in length, comparable to living ‘giant eunicid’ species, colloquially referred to as ‘Bobbit worms’. The jaw fragments indicate that the animal was adult, and as some polychaetes continue to grow as adults, W. armstrongi could have attained larger lengths. W. armstrongi has the largest known jaws from the worm fossil record, and demonstrates that gigantism, an ecologically important trait, was already present in worms by 400 million years ago. Furthermore, they show the importance of existing museum collections, as they may contain overlooked gems.

 

Antarcticeras nordenskjoeldi

 

2017 was a bumper year for palaeontological discoveries and I don’t think a week went by when the Lost Worlds Revisited team didn’t have plenty of options to write about. However, in addition to the glitzy and glamorous headline-making discoveries, 2017 was also a good year for the more humble additions to species lists, taxonomic clean-ups and the palaeontological quiet work that happens away from the exceptionally preserved fossils and dino discoveries. This time of year I love looking through Wikipedia’s summaries of the year in palaeontology for the discoveries big and small and I must confess that my top fossil this year one I didn’t hear about when it was published back in March this year.

My pick for this year is a new species of Eocene cephalopod (the group containing octopuses, cuttlefish, nautiloids and ammonoids) from Antarctica, Antarcticeras nordenskjoeldi. The fossils themselves aren’t especially eye-catching and there isn’t a beautiful artistic reconstruction of the species accompanying the paper, however, it’s the interpretation of the fossils by colleagues in Sweden and Argentina that is noteworthy (Doguzhaeva et al. 2017). From details of the shell structure and position of the siphuncle (the tube that exchanges gases and fluids through shell chambers), A.nordenskjoeldi has been interpreted as a new species, in a new family, in a new order and amazingly the sole known member in a new cephalopod subclass, the Paracoleoidea.

This is a potentially huge new finding, adding a major new group of cephalopods alongside the four major and stable divisions, and the authors suggest that fossils of A.nordenskjoeldi represent a third way that soft bodied cephalopods evolved an internal shell in parallel with cuttlefish and ram’s horn squid. Fortunately, the paper itself is open access so you can take a look yourself, but the implication here, to borrow Internet parlance, is HUGE if true. It’s a bold interpretation, which is sometimes needed in science and time will tell if the Paracoleoidea will be accepted or rejected. So far the findings don’t seem to have created that many ripples in cephalopod palaeontology. Were this an equivalent suggestion in mammals or dinosaurs the paper would have garnered a huge amount of attention (as we saw with the ‘lower level’ saurischian/ornithischian research this year) but as it’s a relatively obscure group in the humble cephalopods this research risks fading into obscurity rather than cause a re-evaluation of cephalopod evolution.

 

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References

Brown CM, Henderson DM, Vinther J, Fletcher I, Sistiaga A, Herrera J, Summons R. 2017. An exceptionally preserved three-dimensional, armored dinosaur reveals insights into coloration and Cretaceous predator-prey dynamics. Current Biology 27(16):2514-2521.

Cau A, Beyrand V, Voeten DFAE, Fernandez V, Tafforeau P, Stein K, Barsbold R, Tsogtbaatar K, Currie PJ, Godefroit P. 2017. Synchrotron scanning reveals amphibious ecomorphology in a new clade of bird-like dinosaur. Nature 552: 395–399.

Doguzhaeva LA, Bengtson S, Reguero MA, Mörs T (2017) An Eocene orthocone from Antarctica shows convergent evolution of internally shelled cephalopods.PLoS ONE 12(3).

Eriksson, M., et al., 2017. Earth’s oldest ‘Bobbit worm’ – gigantism in a Devonian eunicidan polychaete. Scientific Reports 7:43061.

Sengupta S, Ezcurra MD, Bandyopadhyay S. 2017. A new horned and long-necked herbivorous stem-archosaur from the Middle Triassic of India. Scientific Reports. 7: 8366

 

Source: www.theguardian.com

130 Million-year-old Dinosaur Eggs Found in East China

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fossils of more than 20 dinosaur eggs were discovered at a middle school construction site in Dayu County in the southeast Chinese province of Jiangxi on December 25.

The construction team found the oval-shaped stones while preparing to break up boulders after blasting work, China News Service reports.

According to experts from the local conservation museum, the fossils belong to the same batch of eggs and the two-millimetre-thick black fragments are shells.

Dating back to the Cretaceous period (145-66 million years ago), experts estimate that these eggs are 130 million years old. They add that Dayu County was once moors and lakes which were fit for reptiles like dinosaurs to live and breed.

Researches show that as of 2016, more than 20 distinctive kinds of dinosaur eggs have been unearthed in Jiangxi. It means that the province was once home to at least 20 dinosaur species in the late Cretaceous period.

Source: gbtimes.com

Jurassic World 2: Will Edmontosaurus debut in Fallen Kingdom?

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Will Edmontosaurus appear in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?

Jurassic Park fans may finally get a chance to see Edmontosaurus on big screen through the upcoming sequel.

Jurassic Park fans may get a chance to watch Edmontosaurus in action on big screen through Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which will be released on June 22, 2018.

The flat-headed dinosaur was expected to debut in the prequel film Jurassic World and it was also listed on the official website. But it did not even make a cameo appearance in the movie.

Some of the eagle-eyed franchise fans have recently spotted the pre-historic animal in the new footage for Jurassic World Evolution. So, speculations are rife that the dinosaur may appear in the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel.

Here is everything you need to know about Edmontosaurus:

The duck-billed dinosaur has a very low aggression rate. It can grow up to 36 feet long and weigh up to 4000 kg. It loves munching fruits and vegetables. It also likes hanging out in herds. Edmontosaurus belongs to Hadrosaur family and is related to Parasaurolophus.

According to the official Jurassic World website, the pre-historic animal was once threatened by Tyrannosaurus rex. The website also claimed that it is one of the few dinosaurs that can chew and grind vegetables to pulp before swallowing.

The fossils of Edmontosaurus were found in the rocks of Western North America and it is dated back to the Cretaceous Period. The dinosaur is known as a non-avian dinosaur that lived along with Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus.

 

Source: ibtimes.co.in

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Contains the Biggest Action Scene in the Franchise’s History

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom certainly has a lot to live up to in terms of box office performance. (Jurassic World is the fourth biggest movie of all time worldwide). But putting the financial conversation aside, how will the movie fare from a creative perspective? Hardcore fans are largely thrilled with what they’ve seen so far, but I wonder how general audiences feel about the idea of a dinosaur rescue mission and a volcano threatening to blow up the island.

If it’s action you’re hoping for, it sounds like you won’t be disappointed. Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona says the film contains “the biggest set-piece ever done for a Jurassic movie” and compares another action sequence to something out of a James Bond movie. But is bigger action what this franchise needs?

Empire has debuted a new photo from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom of Bryce Dallas Howard and Justice Smith‘s characters inside one of the park’s old gyrospheres, but you’ll have to head over to their site to see that photo because I’m more interested in a quote they got from Bayona:

Fallen Kingdom [starts] with a massive action piece that feels like a James Bond prologue,” he tells us. “And in the centre there is the biggest set-piece ever done for a Jurassic movie.”

It’s possible that the “biggest set-piece” Bayona teases from the middle of the movie is the volcano escape scene we see in the trailer. Remember, co-writer Colin Trevorrow has said that everything we see in that trailer takes place during the first 57 minutes of the film, so there’s a chance that scene is chronologically the last big action scene revealed in that preview. But part of me wonders if Universal is holding back footage from the scene Bayona references – maybe it’s a scene that’s hinted at in the end of the featurette, when Chris Pratt‘s Owen Grady looks at a tranquilized Rexy and says, “This is gonna be awesome”?

As for the Bond-esque action prologue, I wonder if that could take place in the mansion that belongs to James Cromwell’s character, an old partner of John Hammond. We’ve seen footage of Pratt’s character blasting something with an automatic weapon in that mansion, so maybe this film begins with a bang?

But here’s the thing: does the Jurassic Park franchise actually need bigger action scenes? I’m not convinced that’s the key to its success. Yes, Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park had memorable set pieces, but it was also a relatively contained thriller that placed an equal importance on its small, intimate moments as it did the jaw-dropping effects or action beats. Bigger doesn’t always mean better, and while I understand the temptation is going to be there to take things up a notch after Jurassic World, I wonder if the franchise might be better served by getting a bit more introspective and returning to that relatively smaller scale of the first movie. Oh well – maybe that’ll be the case in Jurassic World 3.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in theaters on June 22, 2018.

Original source: slashfilm.com

Carnotaurus Attack: New Thrilling Look at Jurassic World 2

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Empire: Exclusive new still from Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom 2

A new image from Jurassic World 2 brings some of the human characters dangerously close to a terrifying Carnotaurus. This is the first time the Carnotaurus has been seen in a Jurassic Parkmovie, and it looks menacing. Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire and Justice Smith's Franklin are in some serious danger as they have a very close encounter with the beast. The image also calls back to some very classic scenes from the Jurassic Park franchise.

"Fallen Kingdom stars with a massive action piece that feels like a James Bond prologue. And in the centre there is the biggest set-piece ever done for a Jurassic movie."In the image, we see Claire and Franklin in one of the balls that traversed the park in Jurassic World, with the Carnotaurus peeking in from the side. This is reminiscent of the T-Rex eye peeking in from the side of the Ford Explorer in Jurassic Park. While not confirmed, it also looks like this new image features an animatronic dinosaur and not a CGI creation, which is something that was really missing from the first Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow, who co-wrote and produces Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, had this to say about the upcoming sequel.

Jurassic World 2, takes place four years after the events of the first movie. Isla Nublar is now abandoned, by humans anyway. The surviving dinosaurs have been left to fend for themselves. However, things get tricky when the island's dormant volcano comes back to life. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) then return to the island to set out on a rescue mission to save the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is out find to find Blue, his raptor friend from Jurassic World while Claire, meanwhile, has grown to respect these creatures. After arriving on the unstable island, they uncover a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to the prehistoric age. Trevorrow in another recent interview, despite some concern from fans, confirmed that this movie is not just going to be a remake of The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

"It looks like it is because they all go to a fog-covered, scary island with dinosaurs on it, but it goes to a very, very different place than anyone expects. Really the heart and soul of the movie, the turn of the story, is not what we've shown in this trailer. It's very much not like The Lost World."

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to arrive in theaters on June 22, 2018, and is directed by J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls). This is also going to be the first movie in the franchise to feature Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm since The Lost World, with other Jurassic Park originals rumored to return as well. The first trailer dropped recently and, even though there's a lot going on in it, Colin Trevorrow says the trailer only covers the first hour of the movie. So there are some surprises in store. Be sure to check out the new image from Jurassic World 2, courtesy of Empire Magazine, for yourself below.

Source: movieweb.com

Chicken-sized Dinosaurs Added to Raptor Family Tree

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Halszkaraptor, a new and strange raptor dinosaur from Mongolia.

Two new species of raptor dinosaurs were discovered last week from a site in Mongolia.

The first of these, “Halszkaraptor”, was described in the journal “Nature” and has been described in the media as a raptor dinosaur with similarities to swans, geese, and penguins. While that description is illustrative, the details of the features of this animal deserve closer examination.

About the size of a chicken, “Halszkaraptor” is not a large dinosaur. It had a small head and a long slender neck. It did not have beak. Instead, its mouth bristled with over 100 small pointed teeth. Its snout also appears to have been sensitive, like that of a crocodile, possibly to detect prey underwater. It would have had feathers, but is not thought to have flown. Instead, its short forelimbs, including a very long third finger, look a lot like the “paddles” of some fossil swimming reptiles, so it may have used its arms to swim like a penguin today. However, its feet looked much more like those of a “Velociraptor”, including a wickedly-curved enlarged claw on each foot.

These features show a dinosaur with unique evolutionary adaptations not seen in non-bird dinosaurs until now. It is a very odd and exciting discovery.

Later in the week, a close relative of “Halszkaraptor” was described in the journal “American Museum Novitates.” Called “Almas”, a reference to the Mongolian yeti, this dinosaur is more closely related to dinosaurs like “Troodon” that appear as the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum’s logo. While similar to its close relatives, it was found to be a distinct species based on several features, including a short skull and fewer teeth.

Interestingly, “Almas” is also associated with eggshell fragments. While similar in size to “Halszkaraptor”, “Almas” is too large to be a hatchling. It may have been protecting or brooding the eggs.

Small dinosaurs are a rare part of the fossil record, so adding these two dinosaurs from Mongolia in the same week is quite exceptional. The rate of dinosaur discovery in the world is not slowing down, and palaeontologists are always continuing to hunt for the next find.

T. Rex Had Bushy Red Eyebrows and Freckles, BBC2 Documentary Reveals

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Presenter Chris Packham comes face to face with a T. rex - but not as we know it

A new BBC2 documentary, entitled The Real T-Rex with Chris Packham, sees experts re-imagine what the dinosaur would have looked like based on the latest research - and viewers may be surprised by what it suggests about the creature.

PALAEONTOLOGISTS have revealed that early science and popular culture have got it all wrong when it comes to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Scientists in the show claim that it had orange markings around its eyes, as well as black feathers.

And while it is portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park as being green and having a huge roar, experts now believe it was instead black and produced a rumble that was barely audible.

It is thought that the creature may instead have more in common with birds, following analysis of dinosaur bones, teeth and skin.

The T. rex actually had freckles and red eyebrows, according to the new documentary

In the show, Packham claims that it would have had "a light patching of feathery bristles strategically placed for social display".

And as well as having orange markings around its eyes - as if it had red eyebrows - the T-Rex may also have had a biological pigment that produces freckles.

But despite the show claiming that there are many misconceptions about the T-Rex, there is one thing for certain: it was a fierce predator.

The T. rex has been portrayed differently in popular films such as Jurassic Park

50 Behind The Scenes Photos From The Original “Jurassic Park”

Sunday, December 18, 2016

50 Behind The Scenes Photos From The Original “Jurassic Park”

Just three days after it’s release, Jurassic World scored the biggest opening weekend in box office history. While the numbers are still being tallied, Jurassic World currently stands at $209 million, beating out the previous record of Marvel’s Avengers with an opening weekend of $207.4 million.

While taking the box office by storm, none will forget where the Jurassic Park franchise began. Here’s a look back at the movie magic behind the original.

 

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