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Jurassic Park & 9 Other Films That Prove Practical Effects Age Better Than CGI

Friday, July 23, 2021

Computer imagery is here to stay and grows more impressive by the year, but it will never be as timeless as Hollywood's best practical effects.

The film industry has worked hard for over a century to make movies and the cinematic experience one of the most rewarding and communal forms of entertainment. It’s fascinating to see the different trends that take over movies, determine the most popular genres, and play a factor in what will become the next big blockbuster.

The budgets for movies continues to expand at an alarming rate, but this excess doesn’t always improve a picture and can even push filmmakers to defer to easier alternatives. One of the most egregious cases of this is the rampant use of CG effects as a superior way to create movie magic. CG has come a long way, but there’s still a level of realism that’s present in practical effects that cannot be topped.

10 - Steven Spielberg Makes Dinosaurs Feel Like Reality With Jurassic Park’s Practical Effects

The best films know how to blend together practical effects with CG revisions in a subtle way that blurs the lines between the two approaches. What Steven Spielberg accomplished in Jurassic Park blew the audience's minds and opened up a whole new world for movies. It’s astonishing to consider that Jurassic Park’s T-Rex attack is often done with a real animatronic creation.

The reality of this allows the T-Rex to destroy the vehicle and make it feel like a real attack. There's a level of weight and destruction that'd be impossible to replicate with a purely digital dinosaur.

9 - A Remarkable Practical Head Explosion Is Scanners’ Selling Point

Sometimes a special effect is so well done that it defines the entire movie. Scanners is an effective sci-fi/horror hybrid from early on in David Cronenberg's career, but the movie's centerpiece is an exaggerated practical effect that's still praised.

Scanners revolves around a group of special individuals with powerful psychic powers. A character's head explodes early on in the movie as a result of a psychic attack and it's a startling display. Cronenberg practically pulls this off with a dummy that's full of butcher meat, which is then shot in the back of the head with an actual shotgun.

8 - Terminator 2 Has Linda Hamilton Dig Around In Schwarzenegger’s Head For Clues

James Cameron is a master of cinema that continually pushes not just the medium, but its technology, to exciting places. Terminator 2: Judgment Day still reflects some of Cameron's most accomplished work and it's full of astonishing sequences that become even more impressive due to how they're practically done.

The action scenes are exceptional, but another highlight is the moment when Sarah Connor removes a microchip from a hole in the T-800's head. The scene is brilliantly pulled off with a combination of practical prosthetics and a window with separate actors that masquerades as the mirror that Arnold Schwarzenegger faces.

7 - Kubrick Figures Out How To Defy Gravity In 2001: A Space Odyssey’s Jog

Stanley Kubrick is an auteur of cinema who is responsible for some of the most prolific movies of all time. Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is considered to be one of the greatest triumphs of science fiction, but his trippy, contemplative space film is even more staggering when it's considered how much of it is practically done.

An iconic moment in the movie features a continuous jog throughout a space station where the astronaut seems to perpetually defy gravity. Kubrick accomplishes this through the construction of a giant hamster wheel that rotates around the camera to create this gravity-defying visual.

6 - Wes Craven Uses Over 500 Gallons Of Fake Blood To Create An Iconic Krueger Kill

The horror genre features some of the most creative uses of practical effects during the 1970s and '80s. The entire Nightmare on Elm Street series is full of inventive practical effects that accentuate Freddy Krueger's supernatural powers.

However, one of the best sequences is in the first film in the series when a tidal wave of blood exits from Glenn's bed. Wes Craven makes this insane visual a reality with over 500 gallons of fake blood that get funneled through a hole in the bed, which is in turn on a set that's on a gimbal and turned upside down.

5 - Star Wars: A New Hope’s Suspenseful Trench Run Is Entirely Practical

It's honestly a little jarring to reflect on how much of the original Star Wars trilogy makes effective use of practical effects since Lucas so comprehensively turns to CG effects for the Prequel Trilogy. Lucas eventually embraces CG and heavy digital filmmaking, but this only makes movies like A New Hope more magical in retrospect.

One of Star Wars' biggest scenes is the flight through the claustrophobic Death Star trench. Surprisingly, Lucas achieves this through the use of to-scale miniatures, a detailed X-Wing model, and creative use of trestle tables.

4 - The Thing’s Transforming Alien Uses Practical Effects That Still Seem Impossible

Anybody that's interested in practical effects needs to make John Carpenter's The Thing mandatory viewing. Carpenter, like Cronenberg, was a major figure during the 1980s when it came to innovative practical effects work. However, the visuals created in The Thing truly establish a new cinematic standard.

It'd be impressive enough if The Thing created one disgusting monster, but Carpenter's movie features an alien that perpetually transforms into different disturbing creatures. Every one of these changes is a technical marvel, but the final beast is still proof that practical effects can top anything done in CG.

3 - Practical Effects Help Make Alien’s Chestburster Into An Iconic Movie Moment

With news of an Alien television series on the way, it's troublesome to think of a fully CG Xenomorph that loses the tactile nature of what made the original beast in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror film so effective. Alien prides itself in its practical effects.

Giger's work on the actual Xenomorph is incredible, but an even more technically impressive and intricate moment is in the famous Chestburster sequence. The clever combination of a blood-filled prosthetic torso and a well-rigged puppet add eerie authenticity to the suspenseful moment.

2 - Cronenberg’s The Fly Is Body Horror At Its Most Gruesome With The Brundlefly Effects

David Cronenberg is regarded as the king of body horror cinema and pretty much any of the director's earlier movies feature practical effects that seem too ridiculous to be real. Videodrome, The Brood, and Dead Ringers all have disturbing practical effects, but it's hard to top what's done in Cronenberg's The Fly.

Jeff Goldblum's deteriorating monster is a true triumph. It's easy to see why the make-up work won an Oscar and it’s still held up as a high mark. It seems futile to remake The Fly because nothing will top the practical effects in Cronenberg’s version.

1 - An American Werewolf In London Practically Creates The Most Famous Transformation Sequence

Werewolf movies have become a bit of a lost art because they usually come down to the transformation sequence. It's incredibly difficult to pull off such a process in a manner that's not full of edits that cheat the metamorphosis. John Landis' An American Werewolf in London immediately becomes a classic piece of cinema once Griffin Dune undergoes his lycanthropy transformation.

Rick Baker's practical effects combine prosthetics, make-up, and robotics to make it look like this man's body is actually turning into a monster. This is still the zenith of transformation sequences and it honestly may never be topped.


New Mysterious Species Called ‘Microsaur’ Discovered By Paleontologists

Saturday, July 24, 2021

This handout image released by Carelton University shows an illustration of a microsaur Photograph:( AFP )

There’s some new interesting news in the world of paleontology! New species have been discovered by palaeontologists called microsaur from a 308 million years old fossils.

As reported by AFP, the new species ‘microsaur’ is a small, lizard-like animal that roamed the Earth before dinosaurs made their appearance. Microsaurs lived during the Carboniferous Period, when the forebears of modern mammals and reptiles, called amniotes, first appeared.

"Microsaurs have recently become important in understanding the origins of amniotes," said co-author Arjan Mann, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. "A lot of these microsaurs have been thought to be either ancestor of amphibians or ancestors of reptiles." Researchers also made use of highly sensitive imaging techniques called scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to get a closer look at the fossil.

In other related news, researchers recently discovered a preserved dinosaur sitting atop a nest of its own eggs with fossilized babies inside, for the first time ever. The discovery has been published as a scientific paper in the journal Science Bulletin and the fossil consists of an incomplete skeleton of a large, presumably adult oviraptorid crouched in a bird-like brooding posture over a clutch of at least 24 eggs.

Another study revealed that 2.5 billion T. rex roamed the Earth over the course of a million years, not all at once, but with about 20,000 at any given time. Scientists made calculations based on body size, sexual maturity and the creatures' energy needs. They measured the amount of energy T. rex needed to stay alive and added their estimates.


How The Spinosaurus Was Supposed To Die In Jurassic Park 3

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The mighty Spinosaurus just kind of vanishes from Jurassic Park 3's narrative, but it was originally planned to have a grand death scene.

The mighty Spinosaurus just kind of vanishes from Jurassic Park 3's narrative, but it was originally planned to have a grand death scene. Each Jurassic Park and World movie has featured dinosaurs not seen in prior installments, and that makes perfect sense, as things might get boring if there weren't any new dino species around to supply additional threats. That was of course upped even further in Jurassic World and its sequel, in the form of genetically created hybrids like the Indominus Rex and Indoraptor.

The big addition to the dinosaur gene pool in Jurassic Park 3 was the Spinosaurus, a creature fully capable of hunting prey both on land and in the water. The largest known species of carnivorous dinosaur, the Spinosaurus earned lots of derision from franchise fans for engaging in what amounted to a one-sided squashing of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the world's most famous dinosaur, and the mascot for the Jurassic Park brand. Fans love the T-Rex, and to see the Spinosaurus beat a T-Rex like a pushover made many resent the new dino.

Making matters worse was the fact that the Spinosaurus doesn't get any kind of death scene to serve as catharsis for those who weren't happy about its new status at the top of the dinosaur food chain. The massive creature just got spooked by some fire and made a tactical retreat. It turns out though that the Spinosaurus was originally going to be taken down by another kind of fan-favorite dinosaur.

In Jurassic Park 3, the Spinosaurus makes a final attack attempt on Alan Grant and the Kirby family while they're attempting to travel to safety on a boat. The angry beast does major damage to the vessel, and nearly kills the humans it's after. Eventually, Grant is able to shoot it with a flare gun, which doesn't hurt the Spinosaurus but does cause the fuel that had leaked out of the wrecked boat to catch fire. The Spinosaurus swims away and isn't seen again. However, a deleted scene gave the creature a much more violent death, in which Grant used the Velociraptor Resonation Chamber he'd found earlier to summon a pack of raptors, who attacked and killed the Spinosaurus.

While that might sound unlikely, as helpfully laid out by Klayton Fioriti on YouTube, Grant is able to use the device to make a call that effectively tells any raptors in the area that the Spinosaurus has stolen raptor eggs. This leads a huge group of raptors to arrive, numbering more than 20, and attack the Spinosaurus all at once, ripping and tearing at its flesh, and eventually killing it. One raptor briefly considers the escaping humans but decides to keep chowing down on Spinosaurus steak. Sadly, it seems this death scene was never shot, getting changed in a later script revision. It definitely would've given the Spinosaurus subplot a more satisfying ending, and Jurassic Park 3 a thrilling additional moment.


Bonapartesaurus rionegrensis: Cretaceous Duck-Billed Dinosaur Had Foot and Tail Health Problems

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Bonapartesaurus rionegrensis. Image credit: José Antonio Peñas, SINC.

The Cretaceous-period hadrosaurid dinosaur Bonapartesaurus rionegrensis had a foot tumor and two painful fractures in the vertebrae of its tail, according to a new study.

Bonapartesaurus rionegrensis is a species of herbivorous ornithopod dinosaur in the family Hadrosauridae.

It lived in what is now Argentina during the Campanian and Maastrichtian stages of the Late Cretaceous Period, around 70 million years ago.

Its partial skeleton was found at the site of Salitral Moreno in Argentinean Patagonia in 1984.

“The first analyses of its fossils indicated an ailment of the foot, possibly a fracture,” said Professor Penélope Cruzado-Caballero, a paleontologist at the CONICET, the National University of Río Negro, and the University of La Laguna.

“In addition to the ailment, there were other possible fractures in several neural spines of the vertebrae of the tail.”

In the new study, Professor Cruzado-Caballero and colleagues aimed to describe the injuries recorded in the skeleton of Bonapartesaurus rionegrensis.

“We were struck by the large overgrowth of bone that gave it a cauliflower-like appearance and covered almost the entire metatarsal,” Professor Cruzado-Caballero said.

“When studying the histology and CT scans of the fossil, we did not find a fracture. Instead, the indicators showed a reduction in bone density and several areas where cortical tissue had been destroyed.”

“We were probably looking at a cancer or a neoplasm, such as an osteosarcoma. The presence of diseases such as tumors confirms that they already existed at a very early age and among a very diverse group of animals.”

“Despite the large development of the cancer, it did not significantly affect the muscle insertion zone, so we cannot be sure that the lesion affected its locomotion.”

The researchers also identified two pathologies in the neural spines of vertebrae in Bonapartesaurus rionegrensis’ tail.

“One of the vertebrae had a displaced fracture that had almost healed. It was probably related to an injury resulting from a strong blow that caused the bone to be displaced and to heal in this manner, giving the spine a curved appearance,” Professor Cruzado-Caballero said.

“The other vertebra had an almost completely healed fracture also produced by a stress event, which did not lead to the displacement of the bone.”

“These fractures, especially in the case of the displaced fracture, must have been associated with infections following the rupture of the muscles surrounding the bone. They must have been painful not only because of the blow, but also because of the infections that could have impeded the mobility of the tail and caused this specimen a great deal of discomfort when it moved.”

The study was published in the journal Cretaceous Research.


Penélope Cruzado-Caballero et al. 2021. Osseous paleopathologies of Bonapartesaurus rionegrensis (Ornithopoda, Hadrosauridae) from Allen Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Patagonia Argentina. Cretaceous Research 124: 104800; doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2021.104800


Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Paleontologist

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

In pop culture, the term paleontologist has largely evolved to refer to someone who studies dinosaurs, but paleontology is actually a branch of science that focuses on many different fossilized animals and plants. A paleontologist is a person who devotes their career to this study. 

What does a paleontologist do?

As highly trained scientists, paleontologists study fossils — the remains of plants, animals, bacteria, fungi, and other organisms encased in rock or which have left impressions in rocks — found within the Earth to glean a better understanding of the history of life on this planet. 

A paleontologist analyzes fossils in order to classify organisms and learn how they may have interacted with in their ecosystem and the environment in which they lived. Rather than studying every single fossil out there, paleontologists will often specialize in one branch of the field. 

Below is an overview of various sub-disciplines that a paleontologist may study, according to information from The University of California Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley:

  • Micropaleontology: The study of microscopic fossils of any group
  • Paleobotany: The study of fossilized plants
  • Palynology: The study of pollen and spores (living or fossilized)
  • Invertebrate Paleontology: The study of invertebrate animal fossils
  • Vertebrate Paleontology: The study of vertebrate animal fossils
  • Paleoanthropology: The study of prehistoric human fossils
  • Taphonomy: The study of decay, preservation, and formation of fossils
  • Ichnology: The study of fossil tracks, footprints, and trails
  • Paleoecology: The study of the ecology and climate of the past

The day-to-day work of a paleontologist will vary based on which sub-discipline they study and where they work. In general, however, these scientists gather data from a variety of sources, locate fossils, and perform excavations of fossils for preservation and analysis. 

Paleontologists often analyze their findings using specialized computer systems which help them track their data and compare it to existing information. Their analysis is then shared with others in the scientific community through journal articles, books, internal communications, curated exhibits, and more.

How do you become a paleontologist?

Most paleontologists will hold a minimum of a master’s degree, though many will opt to earn a Ph.D. in the field, depending on what their overall career goals are. For entry-level roles in paleontology on research teams and in museums, however, some positions may only require an undergraduate degree in geology or biology.

During the course of their education, paleontologists will usually study within a university’s department of Earth sciences of geological sciences. They’ll take courses that cover a wide array of physical sciences including the study of the formation of fossils, ecosystems, biochemistry, sedimentology, and more with a combination of hands-on laboratory experience, classroom lectures, and research projects.

A common higher education path for a paleontologist would be to earn an undergraduate degree in geology or biology, then a Master’s degree in geology or paleontology, followed by a Ph.D. in geological sciences with a focus on paleontology.

What skills do you need to become a paleontologist?

As so much of a paleontologist’s job revolves around research and the communication of that research to colleagues and the scientific community as a whole, have strong written and verbal communication skills are necessary. As paleontologists also spend much of their time working in teams and with others in the field, they should also possess strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.

Critical thinking and the ability to analyze data also play a significant role in the day-to-day work of a paleontologist. They should be adept at hard skills like record-keeping, observation, research, organization, data collection, and analysis.

Paleontologists often have to employ reasoning skills and logic in their work as they analyze fossils and work to preserve and catalog them. Problem-solving skills are also necessary when they must collect fossils from difficult terrain or troubleshoot preservation techniques with their findings. 

What is the average salary for a paleontologist?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes paleontologists in their salary data for geoscientists, which includes anyone who studies the earth’s composition. According to the BLS, the average annual salary for geoscientists was $93,580 in 2020.

The average salary for a paleontologist will vary depending on where they live and what industry they choose to work within. For example, The BLS reported that those who work in the oil and gas industry will make much more than those who work for government entities or teach at universities. 

What is the typical career path for a paleontologist?

The typical career path for a paleontologist can vary based on where they would like to work. Most commonly, paleontologists choose to work within museums, government entities or become professors at a university. They do a variety of things within these entities like curate exhibits, create maps and charts for educational purposes, make presentations, and teach others about paleontology.

Other paleontologists choose to become science journalists or researchers focused on publishing new findings within the field. They use their skills to conduct laboratory tests in research facilities, perform research, publish studies, write books, and raise awareness about issues within their field of study.

A career in paleontology can also segway into work in various fields like environmental conservation, alternative energy, and mining where they can offer their skills to evaluate job sites, preserve items of ecological significance, and aid in different geological studies related to the field.

The BLS predicts that the job market for geoscientists will grow by approximately 5% over the next decade, which is slightly faster than all other occupations in the U.S. This is good news for scientists looking to enter the field of paleontology.

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Jurassic Park 3 Cut An Awesome Scene Where A Raptor Rode A Dirt Bike

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Jurassic Park III storyboard artist says the movie had an awesome scene cut that saw a raptor ride on a dirt bike over a cliff to its death.

Jurassic Park III had an awesome scene cut from the final film where a raptor rode a dirt bike. The third film in Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park franchise deviated from the established winning formula of the previous two movies, which resulted in the lowest-grossing film of the series. Released in 2001, the flick saw Sam Neill reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant, who is tricked back onto the island of dinosaurs (though this time on Isla Sorna) and made to help find the son of a businessman who has been stranded on the island for 8 weeks after a parasailing accident.

From the start, Jurassic Park III faced numerous production difficulties. Perhaps the most famous of the production troubles was the fact that the planned script was tossed out just before filming began. This meant that much of the movie was put together on the fly with entire sequences and concepts not entirely known how they would fit into the overall story. In fact, two other ideas for the film were scrapped in the months prior to production, which included a story centered around teenagers trapped on Isla Sorna. Since the cast and crew were literally only shooting the pages they had on the day of filming, the running joke on the set was that a completed screenplay would be presented as wrap gift for everyone involved. This lack of pre-planning meant many storyboarded sequences had to be cut from the final film.

In a tweet from his podcast, Stuck on SornaDaniel Stephen sat down with storyboard artist for Jurassic Park III, Dave Lowery, who explained one of the awesome scenes cut from the final script. The scene sees Eric Kirby (the kid stuck on the island) being chased by velociraptors while he races through the jungle on a dirt bike towards a cliff. As Lowery explains, his storyboards then saw one of the raptors bounce after Kirby, who quickly pulls the parachute on his back, resulting in the raptor landing on the dirt bike and riding it off a cliff to the creature's death. Listen to Lowery explain the entire sequence below:

While the scene never saw the light of day, what's interesting is that a similar sequence with a dirt bike and raptors did make into the fourth installment in the franchise, Jurassic World. The scene in question saw Chris Pratt racing on a motorcycle alongside his trained raptor pack. Though no raptors jumped on his bike to ride it off a cliff, it still incorporates all the themes of the cut JP III storyboard, including a dirt bike, raptors, and racing through the jungle. It's unclear if the Jurassic World scene is a throwback to the cut sequence.

Yes, the entire scene Lowery describes above is ridiculous and over-the-top; however, in a movie that was trying to live up to the hype of its predecessors, a scene as wild as that may have helped it stand out. Based on Jurassic Park III's lackluster reviews, many of which decried the film's creative decline, such an imaginative sequence could have helped win over more audience members. Ultimately, it's a shame that such a high profile film had to suffer the production difficulties that resulted in interesting scenes being cut from the final film.

Source: Daniel Stephen /

“Jurassic Park 3” is 20 Years Old; Check Out These Fun Facts About The Production!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Jurassic Park” struck a huge critical and financial hit when it was released in 1993, spawning no less than two sequels and a spin-off franchise called “Jurassic World” heading into its third feature film. And despite the stumbles, ‘Jurassic Park 3’, released exactly twenty years ago, remains an underrated title that deserved more attention.

Set again on the island of Sorna, the plot brings back Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), who continues to devote his life to the study of dinosaurs and develops a theory about the development of raptor intelligence. Desperate for funds to continue his research, he accepts the offer of Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni), two millionaires who wish to take an aerial tour of Isle Sorna and wish to hire him to accompany them. . However, during the trip, Dr Alan Grant discovers the Kirbys’ true intention, which is to descend to Sorna Island to search for his son, who disappeared there during an expedition that took place 8 weeks earlier. . Despite Grant’s opposition, they land on the island and end up being attacked by a new species of dinosaur, bigger and more ferocious than the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Despite mixed reviews, the production grossed over $ 360 million worldwide (a considerable success despite being the weakest of the three films in the original saga).

Some action sequences are borrowed from rejected ideas from the first two films – which appeared in the early drafts of the script but were deleted due to lack of time and budget constraints. The scenes in question include the attack on the pterodactyls and the boat footage. The closing scene, which features Dr. Grant observing a horde of pterodactyls, would be the opening conclusion of “Jurassic Park” (1993); however, the idea was superseded at the last minute, putting pelicans instead of flying dinosaurs.

Spinosaurus was the largest animatronic built for the saga. Measuring nearly 8 meters high and 12 meters long, it weighed 10,800 kilograms and was hydraulically operated. This allowed the dinosaur to be completely submerged in the water. The phone ringing in the spinosaurus stomach is a tribute to the crocodile “Peter Pan”, who had swallowed a clock that struck every time he was around – alerting others to his presence.

In an interview, star Jeff Goldblum confirmed that he was not asked to reprise his role as Dr Ian Malcolm in the third installment of the franchise. Fortunately, Goldblum will be in “Jurassic World 3″, which opens in 2022. The location of the river in the film was built at Universal Studios – and it’s the same one used in the cult classic of 1954 ” The Black Lagoon Monster ”. Stellan Skarsgard, Steve Buscemi, and Tony Shalhoub were seen to play Cooper in the feature film. Ultimately, the role was given to John Diehl.

The first version of the script involved a group of abandoned teenagers on the island of Sorna. The idea was repurposed for the acclaimed ‘Jurassic World: Jurassic Camp’ animation – although some elements have been changed, such as the setting of Nublar Island and the fact that the tale takes place between the events of ‘Jurassic World ‘and’ Jurassic World: Reino Menaced ‘. Visual effects supervisor Stan Winston called the creatures in the film “the most paleontologically correct dinosaurs” ever created. “Artistically, we create [os dinossauros] with scientific research which is now science itself. Science influenced art, and now art influences science, ”he commented. The technology used in the film resonates similarly to several movie classics, including “The Terminator 2: The Final Judgment”, “Aliens the Rescue” and even “Gasparzinho the Little Phantom Fellow”.


How To Sell Dinosaurs In Jurassic World Evolution

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Want to sell some of your dinosaurs in Jurassic World Evolution to make room or a quick buck? Here's how to do it.

There are thousands of dinosaur-loving people that are simply hooked on Jurassic World Evolution. The game is amazing and at times it can be hard to put down, especially when you're about to hatch another dinosaur egg and move it into your park. It's ridiculously exciting.

The tycoon game genre can be almost addicting at times that's for sure, in the best way possible. Jurassic World Evolution even made it into our top ten best tycoon games of all time, take a look at our list if you'd like some suggestions on other great games in this genre.

Once you start playing this game you will get a bunch of dinosaurs in no time. Eventually, you might want to start selling some of them, there are a variety of reasons for this, of course. Some players want to sell their dinosaurs because they want to replace them with better specimens and some players want to reduce the number of dinosaurs they already have in their parks, for example. Regardless of what your reasons might be, we've got you covered and we'll explain how you can quickly sell your dinosaurs in Jurassic World Evolution.

How To Sell Dinosaurs

Selling dinosaurs is actually pretty simple, however, you have to do a couple of things first. First of all, you need to have already built the ACU Center, this is the building that's in charge of security around the park. If you press the ACU Helicopter on the ACU Center, you can then select Add New Task. Then, select Tranquilize Dinosaur. You will need to tranquilize the dinosaur you intend to sell so you can safely transport them.

You need to call the transport team once you've successfully tranquilized the dinosaur. To summon the transport team, go back and press the ACU Center again. Now, instead of selecting the ACU Helicopter, select Transport Teams instead. In the menu, when you hover over Transport Teams you'll notice that it says "Move, Remove or Sell."

Indicate which dinosaur the Transport Team will be selling by clicking on the previously tranquilized dinosaur. This is the same menu you'd use to move a dinosaur. However, once "Select Destination" appears on your screen, simply press the Sell button. Afterward, you will get a prompt to confirm that you really want to sell the dinosaur, it also tells you how much it is worth. You can either confirm or cancel.

If you've already completed the tutorial, you will already have the ACU Center at your disposal. If not, keep playing and you will eventually unlock it. You can get this done in no time and it is completely safe for your park visitors. If you're having a hard time tranquilizing your dinosaurs, you can also upgrade the ACU Center and improve reload speed, shot accuracy and you can even get a Schedule Unit that lets your ACU Teams schedule additional tasks.


BEST 20 Dinosaur Movies For Kids

Monday, July 19, 2021

The Land Before Time is just one of many options to stream.

Chances are your kid has a favorite dinosaur. And chances are you remember your favorite dinosaur from when you were a kid, too! For 200 years, dinosaurs have captured our imaginations. And as soon as we could put these 65-million-year-old beasts on the big screen, we did! In 1914, black and white features like the animated Gertie the Dinosaur entertained audiences. Dozens, maybe hundreds of films later, it’s clear that dinosaur movies for kids are still in high demand.

Of course we’ve come a long way from shaky animation and shoddy special effects: there’s no lack of premium dinosaur content out there for your future paleontologist... but sometimes it can be a little time consuming to dig up everything there is to discover. (Pun intended: we’re not sorry.) So we’ve done that for you with a list of some of our favorite pre-historic movies your kid will want to watch over and over.

Since part of the appeal of dinosaurs is the fact that they’re just a little bit scary, be warned that some of these movies may not be right for younger or more easily-frightened kiddos (that’s why we’ve included ratings for each one). But from silly to a little bit scary, science fact to science fiction, we’ve got something for every dino taste!

Toy Story That Time Forgot


Bonnie’s toy dinosaurs Trixie and Rex take center stage in this Toy Story short. When the toys are brought on a playdate, they find themselves in a strange land with an entire collection of super cool (and dangerous) action figures.

Buy Toy Story That Time Forgot, rated G, on Amazon.

Bob the Builder: Big Dino Dig Movie

Amazon Video

Bob and his crew are excited to build a new leisure park... but things get even more exciting when they find dinosaur bones!

Stream Bob the Builder: Big Dino Dig Movie, rated G, on Amazon Prime.

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story

Amazon Video

After a time-traveling alien named Neweyes feeds four dinosaurs a potion to make them gentle and intelligent (and able to speak), he brings them to New York City to bring joy to children. But things go awry when Neweyes’ wicked brother hatches an evil plan...

Stream We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, rated G, on Amazon Prime.

Meet the Robinsons

Boy genius Lewis goes on a time-traveling romp with a mysterious figure from the future Wilbur, where they encounter everything from flying saucers to a T-Rex!

Stream Meet the Robinsons, rated G, on Amazon Prime.

The Land Before Time

Amazon Video

After Littlefoot the apatosaurus is orphaned (in a scene on par with Mufasa and Bambi’s mother, so parents of sensitive children be warned), he teams up with friends Cera, Ducky, Petrie, and Spike to reunite with fellow herbivores in the fabled “Great Valley,” a land with all the tree stars (leaves) they can eat!

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Fantasia marries Disney classic animation with an array of classical music for a visually stunning piece of film including a famous sequence that shows the rise (and fall) of dinosaurs set to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

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Dino King

Amazon Video

Also titled Speckles: The Tarbosaurus, this movie follows the life of Speckles as he grows up to face the mean T-Rex that destroyed his family...

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Dinosaur Island

Amazon Video

What was supposed to be a vacation takes a disastrous turn when a 13-year old boy is flung into a time warp and finds himself on an island full of dinosaurs... and one young girl who claims to have come from the 1950s! Will they ever escape? All those ghost ships probably aren’t a good sign...

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My Pet Dinosaur

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It’s important for kids to make friends, but when Jake literally makes a new dinosaur friend in a science experiment gone wrong, things get pretty weird! How long can he keep this a secret?

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Amazon Video

After a trio of explorers are trapped in a cavern in Iceland, they must dig deep into the Earth to escape... where they encounter things they never could have imagined, including dinosaurs!

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Night at the Museum

When Larry became a night watchman at the Museum of Natural History in New York, he thought it would be a piece of cake. But after accidentally unleashing an ancient Egyptian curse, all the exhibits (including the dinosaurs!) come to life!

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The Flintstones


The Flintstones, everyone’s favorite modern stone-age family, is up to some wacky hijinks —raising babies, keeping pet dinosaur Dino away from the BBQ, and some light corporate espionage — in the town of Bedrock!

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Walking With Dinosaurs

Amazon Video

Patchi the pachyrhinosaurus is the runt of the herd, and so must rely on his wit to survive. But after a fire leaves him and two other hatchlings alone, they must summon his inner courage and strength and become true leaders.

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Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs

The reign of dinosaurs is over... or is it? Sid, Manny, Diego, and the gang find a clutch of dinosaur eggs, and a hidden world underground.

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The Good Dinosaur

This Pixar film is an alternate history: what if dinosaurs never went extinct? In this world, Arlo, a young dinosaur, washed away from his family in a huge rainstorm. Downriver, he meets a small Neanderthal child whom he names Spot. The unlikely pair work together to find their way home.

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Aladar, an iguanodon, was found as an egg by a family of lemurs, who raised him as their own. But when a meteor strikes, Aladar finds himself among his own kind on a dangerous journey to the Nesting Ground.

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Jurassic World

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Jurassic Park was a mistake: the creators of the deadly theme park can see that now! But surely Jurassic World — a new luxury dinosaur resort located on the grounds of Jurassic Park now with massive hybrid predators cooked up in a genetic lab — is an excellent idea where nothing could possibly go wrong... right? You guys...?

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Jurassic Park

Amazon Video

An eccentric millionaire opens a park where dinosaurs once again roam and invites a small party to preview the place before opening. Things go predictably awry. Kids will love the dinosaurs... but, really, is anyone too young to take a deep dive into the ethics of genetic engineering?

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Land of the Lost

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Based on the campy 1970s TV show of the same name, Land of the Lost follows the adventures of disgraced scientist Rick Marshall, his assistant Holly, and survivalist Will as they fall into a space-time vortex filled with dinosaurs and other wild and wacky creatures never seen before.

Watch Land of the Lost, rated PG-13, on Prime Video.

King Kong (Extended Version)


An explorer and his crew journey from New York to the infamous Skull Island, a place where legendary monsters, including giant apes and dinosaurs, roam free.

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Dinosaur-Era Egg Nests Found in Argentine Patagonia

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Scientists have rescued 73 eggs and more “continue to appear”

The Argentine University of Comahue Friday announced the discovery on its campus of dinosaur-era egg nests. The 73 specimens found are birds 85 million years old from the Cretaceous Period.

A “nesting site” with more than 70 dinosaur-era eggs was found within the campus of the National University of Comahue (UNCo), in Neuquén, during a monitoring carried out by the Museum of Natural Sciences due to the future construction of new buildings in that place.

Scientists from the university pointed out that the eggs had been rescued to a protected area.

Researcher Juan Porfiri told Télam that they had decided to “carry out a monitoring of a sector of the university campus where new constructions are going to be executed in a very rich fossil deposit where we have found snakes and crocodiles and where we believe there is much more to be done.”

The scholar also explained that “we proposed before the works began, as there is paleontological risk, to do the monitoring in that sector where in previous years we had worked and found fossils.”

He added that “when they cleaned the place they found a nesting area that has many eggs from which we have rescued 73 so far and they continue to appear.”

Porfiri specified that what they found “is a nesting site that is 12 meters long by 5 meters wide.” He also explained that the eggs found at the university were of birds, some 85 million years old, from the Cretaceous period. “They are approximately 5 centimeters from end to end in an elliptical shape, with an extremely smooth shell unlike other dinosaur eggs that have appeared in the city of Neuquén that are rough, round and larger,” he went on.

The geological formation of the finding is called “Bajo de la Carpa” and “85 million years ago it was a place with dunes and small lagoons with a semi-arid climate,” explained Porfiri. Rescue efforts will continue in the coming weeks, although many of the materials found are on the site and others have been collected and have already been added to the Museum's collection.

Porfiri stressed that “there are several studies done on these bird eggs, but there are always new contributions through studies that are being made to know well why they are deposited, what form of deposit they have and, in turn, advance in some other types of investigations.“

”The paleontological site of the entire university campus is extremely important because fossil materials always appear,” he explained. Porfiri mentioned fossils found of “Notosuchio” crocodiles, or the “Alvarezsauros”, a family of dinosaurs which first surfaced “at the university campus and then their relatives began to appear in Mongolia, Canada and other parts of the world.”

Students from the UNCo's Geology department participate in the research project. They have been also involved in other initiatives with the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Secretariat for University Policies. “They are university volunteers specializing in paleontology and today they are faced with this opportunity to work on this project,” said Porfiri. The work team is coordinated by Porfiri and his paleontologist colleague Domenica dos Santos.

Source: Telam /