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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.

 

Prehistoric Art By Simon Stalenhag

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Prehistoric Art By Simon Stalenhag

Are you ready for some Dinosaur inspired art? You better be, because today we present to you prehistoric art by Simon Stålenhag!

Simon is a Swedish artist who has done a lot of images based on dystopian and sci-fi concepts. He seems to have a passion for art involving machines/robots. This time, however, he focused on the past instead of the future. His collection titled Paleoartis a series of images featuring Jurassic lifeforms including dinosaurs. They were produced to be presented at the Fossils and Evolution exhibition in the Natural History Museum in Stockholm.

Make sure to let us know what you think about these vivid pieces of art in the comments!

Source: Link

Stroll on the sand

 

Lonely Savannah

 

Cutting the waves

 

The pack moves

 

Faint Silhouette

 

Brief Oasis

 

Nocturnal Appetite

 

Underwater Hunt

 

Rain-shelter

 

Flying above the waves

 

Avoiding Detection

 

Free Fall

 

Wavy Breakfast

 

Game for three

 

Setting Sun

 

The bigger lizard

 

Deserted Destination

 

 

Prehistoric Elegance

 

 

Drowing in mud

 

Utopia

 

Rock of rocks

 

A Jurassic Park Alternate Ending Has Been Revealed, And It’s Amazing

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is a nearly perfect movie. From the groundbreaking special effects that still hold up to this very day to the instantly lovable characters, the film version of Michael Crichton’s classic sci-fi horror novel is one of the best silver screen adaptations of all time. However, it now seems that Jurassic Park almost had an excellent helicopter rescue ending, and we’re now left wondering what could’ve been. Check out the newly released photos below to see for yourself.

From Phil Tippett’s Jurassic Park Early Sequence Storyboard Binder, here is a first-look at the rare storyboards for a thrilling helicopter rescue sequence set to be at the film’s finale. This is an early look of the first version (Version A) of the sequence, and was not scripted at this stage immediately after Crichton’s final draft. It later became adapted into Malia Scotch Marmo’s screenplay, but with numerous alterations.

If you don’t recall anything like a “Helicopter Rescue Sequence” during the events of the original Jurassic Park, that’s because the ending of the movie eventually received a massive overhaul to include the raptors chasing Alan Grant and John Hammond’s grandchildren through the Visitor’s Center of the park. Instead of the claustrophobic slasher style chase sequence that we saw, the original version of the script saw Alan Grant, Tim, and Lex in a mad dash to make it to a helicopter pad in a jeep — with the T-Rex in hot pursuit.

The sequence eventually sees them make it to the helicopter, only for Alan Grant to narrowly miss having a leg taken off by the behemoth dinosaur — who instead takes a big bite out of the chopper.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to this scene. On the one hand, the final version of the sequence is incredibly tense because of how tight and claustrophobic it feels. On the contrary, this original sequence could’ve been far more intense because of the sheer scale of the action. Both of them are great; it just comes down to a matter of preference.

Of course, while Jurassic Park‘s ending did eventually receive a massive overhaul, the jeep chase involving the Tyrannosaurus Rex still managed to find its way into the film. It happens when Muldoon and Ellie Sattler go to look for survivors from the first T-Rex attack, and that scene resulted in one of the best Jeff Goldblum moments of his entire career.

To this day I still can’t hear the phrase “must go faster” without thinking of Ian Malcolm, so I am eternally grateful that they still found a way to keep one of the T-Rex’s best action sequences in the film.

What do you think of this original ending for Jurassic Park? Is it better than the one we got, or do you like the ending with the raptors in the Visitor’s Center better?

Source: cinemablend.com

Paleontologist Discover a 150 Million Years Old Plesiosaur in Antarctica

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Paleontologist Discover a 150 Million Years Old Plesiosaur in Antarctica

It is the first record of a plesiosaur from the Jurassic period in Antarctica. It is a carnivorous reptile of the sea that exceeded six meters in length. It was discovered in the Antarctic Peninsula, in a new paleontological site located 113 kilometers southwest of the Marambio Base in the Seymour Island.

The palaeontologist José Patricio O’Gorman, researcher at the Museo de la Plata (MLP) and CONICET, told to the Agencia CTyS-UNLaM that “this plesiosaur record is 80 million years older than what was known for Antarctica”.

“It was the first paleontological campaign that we conducted in this outcrop that is like a frozen sea of 150 million years in an excellent state of conservation”, said the lead author of the study that was accepted to be published in the scientific journal Comptes Rendus Palevol.

Dr. Soledad Gouiric Cavalli, MLP and CONICET specialist in the study of Jurassic fish, claimed that “when walking through the site you can find a great diversity of fish, ammonites, some bivalves, but we did not expect to find a plesiosaur of such age; It was surprising”.

“The finding is quite extraordinary because in the site there is not the kind of rocks in which you can find preserved materials in three dimensions, as is the case of the vertebrae of this marine reptile”, explained the researcher.

This outcropping of the Jurassic has a size of four kilometres long and two kilometres wide and it can only be reached after two hours of helicopter flight from the Marambio Base, so the researchers highlighted the logistics promoted by the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA).

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There, during the 2016 summer Antarctic campaign, Dr. Gouiric Cavalli, Dr. José O’Gorman and the technicians Juan José Moly and Leonel Acosta Burllaile camped for 40 days. “It was very exciting to get there, to a place that nobody had stepped on in 23 years”, O’Gorman said.

“It is the furthest place where we have arrived with vertebrate palaeontology campaigns in Antarctica”, alleged Dr. Soledad Gouiric Cavalli. She added: “The Argentine campaigns are usually carried out in the vicinity of the Marambio Base (in the Marambio, James Ross and Vega Islands), but here we have expanded the range of action and we are interested in going to places even further away”.

Dr. Marcelo Reguero, researcher of the MLP and director of the paleontological campaigns of the Instituto Antártico Argentino (Argentine Antarctic Institute – IAA), said that “it was necessary to make a lot of logistics to get to this new paleontological site located in Cape Longing and the result was very successful, have rescued a great diversity of fish, plants and this plesiosaurus, and this summer we will go to the new campaign with even greater expectations”.

“In the 2016 campaign, a large number of fossils was obtained and for the expedition next summer we will go with instruments to obtain an even greater number of specimens”, anticipated the researcher of the MLP and the IAA.

Dr. Gouiric Cavalli, who will be part of the new campaign to be held in this frozen Jurassic sea from January 8 to mid-February, indicated that “there is a surprising amount of fish there and it is logical to think that the plesiosaurus that we discovered would feed on them, because it is a large marine reptile and we found medium-sized fish, some smalls, and some quite large too”.

About the excellent conservation of this fauna and marine flora of the Jurassic, the MLP and CONICET researcher explained that “they were preserved because the bottom of that sea had very little oxygen, so there were no organisms that could dismantle those specimens and the phenomenon of putrefaction did not take place either “.

The world 150 million years ago

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Dr. Marcelo Reguero stated that “these rich and unique deposits in marine Jurassic vertebrates belong to the time when Antarctica was part of the Gondwana continent and was next to Australia, New Zealand, India, Madagascar, Africa and South America”.

150 million years ago the temperature of the seas was much higher and the world map was very different. According to Dr. José O’Gorman, this plesiosaurus, besides being the first of its kind in the Jurassic in Antarctica, serves as evidence in favour of the possibility of the dispersal of these reptiles by means of a passage that existed between Africa and Antarctica, which at that time had just separated.

Source: tecake.in

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