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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Lego Sets Hint At New Details

Sunday, October 29, 2017

We will be once again venturing back into the park as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters next year. Plot details still remain a secret however some new details from some of the descriptions from some of the upcoming movie’s Lego sets may provide us with some clues about what to expect from the fifth in the Jurassic Park series.

Lego fansite Bouw Steentjes has provided some details pertaining to four of the upcoming Lego sets for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It should be noted that these accounts do not display any images of the sets but rather some of the potential scenes that we’ll be seeing from the film including some indication that the park’s guests will once again be terrorized by various Pteranodons, Velociraptors, and Tyrannosaurs. You can check out the descriptions below.

LEGO Set # 75926:

A set containing a blue-grey 4×4 vehicle with a Pteranodon. There is one minifig in the set.
Priced 24.99 EUR

LEGO Set # 75927:

Looks like the Jurassic World Raptor escape. The difference is that the set looks more like a residence instead of a cage. The walls are high and there’s some kind of stage on which a minifig can stand. Looks like it only contains one raptor and two minifigs in the set.
Priced 39.99 EUR

LEGO Set # 75928:

A set with a helicopter, which, from what we can take from the picture, can capture a dinosaur from the air. The dino most likely being a raptor. Also a small vehice is included, probably a quad. Number of minifigs unknown.
Priced 59.99 EUR

LEGO Set # 75929:

This is a more expensive set, containing a big transport truck, like seen in 75917 Raptor Rampage, a gyrosphere, a tower with grapple hook and a T-Rex. The number of minifigs is uncertain, but it looks to be 4.
Priced 79.99 EUR

As with the previous films and toy lines, it looks as though vehicles will once again be featured heavily in the merchandising for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, whether they’re to help aid the staff in capturing the dinosaurs running rampant in the park or to be inevitably destroyed in the midst of the ensuing chaos.

The sequel has added Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Ted Levine, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin and James Cromwell into the mix. Jeff Goldblum who played the self-professed “chaotician” Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park will also be returning for the sequel and BD Wong will once again appear as Dr. Henry Wu.

The film has been directed by  J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Thomas Tull. Trevorrow also co-wrote the script with his writing partner Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall, Pat Crowley, and Belén Atienza are producing.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is slated to hit theaters on June 22, 2018. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Jurassic World sequel as we learn it.

Source: Bouw Steentjes (via Jurassic Outpost)

Early Cretaceous Feathered Dinosaur Had ‘Bandit Mask’ and Striped Tail

Sunday, October 29, 2017

University of Bristol paleontologists and natural history artist Robert Nicholls have revealed how Sinosauropteryx prima — a small theropod dinosaur that lived about 125 million years ago (Early Cretaceous epoch) in what is now China — used its color patterning, including a bandit mask-like stripe across its eyes and a banded tail, to avoid being detected by its predators and prey. The research is published in the journal Current Biology.

“Far from all being the lumbering prehistoric grey beasts of past children’s books, at least some dinosaurs showed sophisticated color patterns to hide from and confuse predators, just like today’s animals,” said co-author Dr. Fiann Smithwick, from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol.

“Vision was likely very important in dinosaurs, just like today’s birds, and so it is not surprising that they evolved elaborate color patterns.”

To explore the color pattern of Sinosauropteryx prima, Dr. Smithwick and colleagues examined the remnants of pigmented feathers from the best-preserved specimens available.

By making comparisons among three specimens, they were able to confidently reconstruct the unique way that this dinosaur looked.

“The bandit mask was really amazing to discover. It’s a pattern seen in numerous living animals today,” Dr. Smithwick said.

Sinosauropteryx prima was also countershaded, meaning that its body was darker on top and lighter underneath.

The particular way it was countershaded further suggests that the dinosaur lived in more open habitats, not in the dense forest.

Once the paleontologists reconstructed the color pattern, they created 3D models of the dinosaur and photographed them under different lighting conditions to see where their coloration would have hidden them best from potential predators.

Their images show that Sinosauropteryx prima must have spent lots of time out in direct sunlight, not in the shade.

Sinosauropteryx prima fossils and interpretive drawings. The plumage distribution is mapped out across each specimen, with feathers shown in brown, internal soft tissues and pigment from the eyes shaded gray, and vertebrate stomach contents in light blue. Scale bars – 50 mm. Image credit: Smithwick et al, doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.09.032.

The findings are especially interesting in light of an earlier reconstruction by the team of the color patterns of Psittacosaurus, an early relative of the famed horned dinosaur Triceratops.

Those studies showed that Psittacosaurus was also countershaded, but in a manner suggesting that it lived in the forest.

The distinction between species suggests that the environment around China’s prehistoric Jehol lakes, where these dinosaurs lived, was unexpectedly diverse, hosting dinosaurs adapted to life in different environments.

“We have shown how a greater understanding of ancient environments can come from better understanding of the paleoecology of extinct animals through paleocolor reconstructions,” said study senior author Dr. Jakob Vinther, from the Schools of Earth and Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol.

“Both meat- and plant-eating dinosaurs had excellent vision; both needed to stay camouflaged.”

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Fiann M. Smithwick et al. Countershading and Stripes in the Theropod Dinosaur Sinosauropteryx Reveal Heterogeneous Habitats in the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota. Current Biology, published online October 26, 2017; doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.09.032

Source: sci-news.com

Jeff Goldblum Explains the Return of Ian Malcolm to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Friday, October 27, 2017

Jeff Goldblum Explains the Return of Ian Malcolm to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

When someone says “Jurassic Park”, the first picture that comes into your head might be a glass of rippling water, a terrifying velociraptor kitchen chase or even Sam Neil hugging a downed dinosaur – but for many, the most iconic image of the franchise is Jeff Goldblum’s sweaty, open chested recline in the original movie.

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Goldblum’s mathematician character Ian Malcolm has become an unlikely sex symbol (and meme) in the decades since the film was released, so when news broke earlier this year that Goldblum was returning to the franchise for upcoming reboot sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, fans were pretty excited.

Leather-jacketed Malcolm last appeared in 1997 Jurassic Park movie The Lost World, and now, 20 years on, Goldblum has spoken exclusively to RadioTimes.com about Ian Malcolm’s return to the series.

Spoiler alert: he’s still not happy about all the dinosaur cloning going on.

“Ian Malcolm, yes, might be back in this one,” Goldblum teased gnomically. “And he might have something to say about the current confluence of circumstances around the use and MISUSE of technology.

“With some wry irony, but some deep, wise, passionate conviction, he might! He might. And he might put on a nice dark bit of clothing here and there. A bit of tinted glass maybe.”

The Thor: Ragnarok actor says he has a pretty good idea of what his character’s been up to in the two decades since we last saw him.

“What’s he been doing in the meantime?” he pondered.

“He opened a jazz club probably, and he’s been playing every Wednesday, at a place called Rockwell. He calls it Rockwell.”

We can only hope to see evidence of this newfound musical ability in the new film – as of yet, details about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom are few and far between – but for now, we can rest easy with the knowledge that Goldblum is back, assuring a small part of the original franchise’s heart will live on in the new film.

To quote the great man himself…

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Source: radiotimes.com

Scientists Discover Jurassic-Era Fossil of ‘Fish Lizard’ in Gujarat’s Kutch Desert

Friday, October 27, 2017

The skull and tail bones of the 152 million-year-old fossilized skeleton of the ichthyosaur, found for the first time in India, are missing.

Scientists have discovered a 152 million-year-old fossil of an ichthyosaur – an extinct marine reptile from the Jurassic era – in Gujarat, BBC reported. This is the first time the fossil has been found in India.

The finds were published in the PLOS One science journal. It was found inside the rocks in the Kutch desert.

The fossilised skeleton of the ichthyosaur, which means ‘fish lizard’ in Greek, is in almost pristine state, PTI reported. Only parts of the skull and tail bones were found to be missing. According to the team that discovered this fossil, the specimen can be identified with Ophthalmosauridae, a family of ichthyosaurs that lived in the oceans between 165 and 90 million years ago.

“It throws light on the evolution and diversity of ichthyosaurs in the Indo-Madagascan region of the former Gondwanaland and India’s biological connectivity with other continents in the Jurassic,” said Professor Guntupalli Prasad from Delhi university’s Department of Geology, who led the study.

An examination of the teeth suggests that the reptile was a top-tier predator in its ecosystem, the geologists added. According to the Encyclopaedia of Paleontology, the ichthyosaur could grow anywhere between 1 m and 14 m, and was known for its sharp teeth.

Fossils From Cat With ‘Steak Knife’ Fangs, Found in Yukon

Friday, October 27, 2017

Two fossils help provide new insight into the mysterious, and extinct, scimitar cat.

A couple of rare fossils found in Yukon have scientists sinking their teeth into the mysterious history of a once-formidable predator  — the scimitar cat.

And according to new research published in the journal Current Biology, the fossils suggest the now-extinct animal once ranged across the Northern Hemisphere.

“There’s only about 20 fossils that have ever been found of this cat in Alaska or Yukon, and that’s in over 100 years of fossil collecting,” said Yukon government paleontologist Grant Zazula.

“It’s kind of an enigma … we don’t know a lot about this animal.”

Teeth like steak knives. (Binia de Cahsan)

What researchers do know is that scimitar cats were the stuff of nightmares — built to kill, with long front limbs and short back limbs. “Good for pouncing,” Zazula said. That combined with large, serrated fangs.

“Imagine your house cat with steak knives coming out of its mouth, but it’s about 400 pounds,” Zazula said.

“This is a branch of the cat family tree that basically diverged — it went off on its own path on the family tree about 20 million years ago — and they’re completely unrelated to all living cats today.”

Mining for fossils

The two Yukon fossils that became the focus of the latest research were found decades apart, on mining claims on the Sixty Mile River, and Dominion Creek. Studied alongside other scimitar cat fossils, researchers now believe North American scimitar cats were the same species as the European ones.

Previously, scientists believed there were separate species on the two continents.

'These fossils that we find in the Yukon ... have global significance. They're not just things that end up on dusty shelves,' said Yukon government paleontologist Grant Zazula. (Wayne Vallevand/CBC)

“We now know, genetically, this was one wide-ranging species that lived all the way, basically, from England to Texas,” Zazula said.

The new research is just another example of how Yukon, rich in ice age fossils, is playing an outsized role in paleontological research, Zazula says.

“These fossils that we find in the Yukon … have global significance. They’re not just things that end up on dusty shelves,” he said.

“For me, it’s a real honour to be part of that, and be a little guy from the Yukon getting a chance to kind of engage in the international scientific world because of the cool things that we have in the ground here.”

Source: www.cbc.ca

Kayentapus ambrokholohali: Lesotho’s Terrifying ‘Mega-Carnivore’

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Kayentapus ambrokholohali: Lesotho’s Terrifying ‘Mega-Carnivore’

Two hundred million years ago something scary went for a drink. Arriving at a watering hole in what today is southern Africa, it was four times the height of a lion and twice the length of the tourist minibuses that watch them. Crucially, it left footprints in the mud.

Now scientists have analysed those footprints, long ago turned to stone, and in doing so showed that “mega- carnivores” terrorised the supercontinent Gondwana earlier than thought.

What makes them especially significant is their age, dating back to the Early Jurassic period.

Dr Fabien Knoll from the University of Manchester poses with the footprints in South Africa University of Manchester

Theropods – meat-eating dinosaurs that stood on two legs – from this era were generally relatively small. Most measured three to five metres (9.8ft to 16.4ft) in length, with some reaching seven metres (23ft) at most.

Scientists had thought that theropods only started to get huge towards the end of the Jurassic period and during the Cretaceous, which ran from 145 million years ago until the end of the dinosaurs’ reign.

Those dinosaurs that did not evolve into birds became extinct around 65 million years ago.

paper reporting this discovery is published in the journal PLoS ONE.

 Source: NatGeo.com

Matheronodon provincialis: ‘What Unusual Teeth You Have:’ Cute, Plant-Eating Dinosaur Had Huge Choppers

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Matheronodon provincialis

It may have been a cute plant-eater, but it certainly had big teeth.

A new species of dinosaur with unusually large, chisel-like teeth was recently identified in southern France, a new study reported Thursday.

The creature’s teeth were up to 2.5 inches long and 2 inches wide. “They operated like self-sharpening, serrated scissors,” said study co-author Koen Stein of the Free University of Brussels.

In examining the structure of the teeth, the study authors found that the ridges along the thicker, enameled side of the crown formed a self-sharpening serrated, jagged slicing edge.

“Its teeth have ridged surfaces but are only covered with a thick enamel layer on one side. Chewing actually keeps the teeth sharp,” Stein said.

Fossils of the new species, dubbed Matheronodon provincialis, were discovered in Velaux-La Bastide Neuve, France. The animal lived some 70 million years ago across western Europe.

Study authors say that the dinosaur’s enlarged, blade-like teeth were best adapted for fracturing tough foodstuffs.

The dinosaurs probably ate leaves of palm trees, which were abundant in Europe then, according to study lead author Pascal Godefroit, a paleontologist with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. “They had to cut rather than crush the fibre-rich leaves, before they could swallow them,” he said.

Godefroit said the dinosaur was a primitive relative of the Iguanodon.

The study appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports.

 

Alvarezsaurid Dinosaur From the Late Cretaceous Found in Uzbekistan

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Alvarezsaurid Dinosaur From the Late Cretaceous Found in Uzbekistan

Bones from an Alvarezsaurid dinosaur were discovered in Uzbekistan and could shed light on the evolution and origin of the species, according to a new study.

Bones from an Alvarezsaurid dinosaur were discovered in Uzbekistan and could shed light on the evolution and origin of the species, according to a study published October 25, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Alexander Averianov of Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia and Hans-Dieter Sues of the Smithsonian Institution, USA.

Previous studies have described Alvarezsauridae as small, long-legged, bipedal dinosaurs with short forelimbs that featured bird-like hands. Since Alvarezsaurid remains are extremely rare, there is plenty to learn about the evolution of this species.

The authors of this study analyzed previously excavated Alvarezsaurid remains from the Turonian Bissekty Formation of Uzbekistan. They examined the vertebrae, the bird-like bone that fuses the wrist and knuckle known as the carpometacarpus, and pieces of what would be the fingers or toes, known as the phalanx. They then measured and compared the shapes and sizes of these bones with those from similar species from the literature.

The authors state that the characteristics for the Alvarezsaurid bones are so distinctive that it could be identified just from the seven bones collected at the Bissekty Formation. These distinctive features included rounded vertebrae located close to the tail, a large and depressed second metacarpal, and a robust second digit with a claw-like end.

While there are competing theories about where the Alvarezsaurid originated, the authors suggest that the discovery of an Alvarezsaurid at this site in Uzbekistan indicates that this group had an evolutionary history in Asia and provides evidence that this continent could have been where the clade originated.

Lead author Hans Sues says: “Our paper reports the discovery of the earliest known alvarezsaurid dinosaur from the Northern Hemisphere, based on 90-million-year-old fossils from Central Asia. Alvarezsaurids were unusual small predatory dinosaurs that had very short but powerfuly built arms that ended in a single large digit.”


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Jurassic World 2: Will THIS actor reprise his role in Fallen Kingdom?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

British actor Rafe Spall has shared some new details about the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.

Jurassic World 2, the upcoming science fiction adventure film titled Fallen Kingdom, is known as a secret project. The franchise fans know very little about its plot and characters. The silence of cast and crew really makes them desperate to get hold of new details about the movie.

Some of the eagle-eyed franchise fans have been closely checking everything related to the flick released by Universal Pictures. Recently, they got hold of some interesting casting update that hints at the return of Jake Johnson as technician Lowery Cruthers.

In a press release shared by the production company to EPK.TV, the 39-year-old actor’s name is being included in the cast list along with BD Wong and Jeff Goldman as a returning cast member.

Although many of the franchise fans were excited to see the New Girl actor back on-screen in Fallen Kingdom, Universal Pictures has already cleared the misunderstanding by explaining it as a typo error, reported a fansite called Jurassic Outpost.

“Universal Pictures replied to our inquiry, stating that Jake Johnson’s inclusion was a “typo” and have revised the document to remove him. While there is enough ambiguity in their reply to allow room for his return, I’m not personally holding my breath. However, it was recently pointed out that he was also included as part of the cast in the Jurassic World Evolution press release from Frontier Developments in August,” stated the website.

Meanwhile, British actor Rafe Spall dished about his character in Jurassic World 2 during an interview with HeyUGuys. He revealed that the name of his character is Eli Mills and teased that the character plays an important role in the film.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is scheduled to hit the big screens in the US on June 22, 2018. Speculations are rife that the first teaser for the movie will be released by the end of November or the beginning of December.

Jurassic World 2 Trailer Release Date: Plot Synopsis Teases ‘Terrifying’ Breeds of Dinosaurs

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Jurassic World 2 Trailer Release Date: Plot Synopsis Teases ‘Terrifying’ Breeds of Dinosaurs

The Universal Pictures has released the official poster and plot synopsis for its upcoming movie, Jurassic World 2, titled Fallen Kingdom. The sequel will feature new dinosaur breeds which are more “awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before” and we have some new details about when the first trailer will come out.

The movie’s poster sports the tagline, “Life finds a way,” and the official plot description reads as follows:

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

According to reports, the first trailer for the hit Jurassic Park sequel may come out on 13 December, 2017 and will be and be attached to The Last Jedi in theatres. However, take this news with a pinch of salt as Universal is yet to officially confirm the news.

Director/co-writer Colin Trevorrow spoke about Jurassic World 2 on Josh Horowitz’s HappySadConfused podcast, and revealed that the film is also set to explore new territory.

Teasing theme, Trevorrow said, “It’s definitely about our greed and the depths of depravity that humans will sink in order to satisfy their need for profit. We’re certainly continuing with a lot of those themes but in different ways.”

“But without spoiling anything there’s definitely new themes that have never been examined in a Jurassic movie before that we’ve gotten into that I really think will expand people’s idea of what these movies can be, that it’s not just people running away from dinosaurs on an island,” he added.

The film starring Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing and Jeff Goldblum reprising character Dr Ian Malcolm hits the theatres on 22 June, 2018.

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