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Why The Triceratops Was Sick in Jurassic Park

Friday, August 7, 2020

Jurassic Park didn't fully explain why the Triceratops had fallen ill, but more background information was provided in the book and script.

While touring John Hammond's (Richard Attenborough) theme park in Jurassic Park, the trio of experts encountered a sick Triceratops, but the movie didn't spend much time explaining the dinosaur's illness. Based on Michael Crichton's 1990 novel, the sci-fi adventure film was notably directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy. Not only did Jurassic Park become the highest-grossing film in 1993, but it also emerged the highest-grossing movie in history up to that point, taking the title from Titanic. Some of the movie's biggest lingering questions, however, can be answered through Crichton's book, as well as the original script.

After a dinosaur handler was killed, Hammond welcomed experts to Isla Nubar to deem his new theme park was safe for visitors. The invited experts were paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and mathematician/theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). Following the group's rundown of the visitor center and lab, the trio accompanied others in a caravan of vehicles to tour the park. The tour doesn't go as planned since many of the dinosaurs fail to appear, but they eventually came across a creature in need of medical attention.

When the cars come across the sick Triceratops, Alan immediately jumped out, and was followed by the rest of the passengers. While investigating the situation, Ellie questioned if the dinosaur ate poisonous berries by a nearby West Indian Lilac plant. The park employees described the dinosaur's symptoms before mentioning that the illness would return every six weeks. After inspecting a nearby gathering of rocks, Ellie analyzed the dinosaur droppings. Without clarifying the dinosaur's illness, she decided to stay behind as the rest of the group moved on with the rest of the tour. As the movie quickly glanced over the subplot, a deleted scene, which followed more closely to the book, explained the sickness in greater detail.

The Sick Dinosaur Scene Was Expanded In The Jurassic Park Novel & Script

The tour group found a sick Stegosaurus instead of a Triceratops in Crichton's novel. Suffering from the same symptoms, it was noted that the particular dinosaur ate fruits and vegetables, but in order to digest the food, it also ate small stones to act as a grinder in the stomach. There was then a realization that the stones the dinosaur was eating were located near the West Indian Lilac plants. The Stegosaurus was known to regurgitate the stones every six weeks before ingesting new ones, but in doing so, it inadvertently ate the poisonous berries.

While Jurassic Park briefly focused on the poisonous plant and nearby stones, it didn't spend much time on the sick dinosaur. There was more context in the original script that actually made it into a deleted scene. The expanded sequence would have shown Tim (Joseph Mazzello) finding smooth stones by the plant, allowing Ellie and Alan to explain how the Triceratops got sick. It would have also concluded the mystery as to why the illness returned every few weeks. This was just the first warning sign that the theme park employees weren't fully equipped to handle an island full of cloned dinosaurs. And later, it was highlighted again in Jurassic World when another dinosaur needed medical attention shortly before the Indominus Rex escaped.


Jurassic World 3 Will Start Filming in Malta

Saturday, August 8, 2020

First scheduled to start filming in May but paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hollywood blockbuster, Jurassic World 3, will start filming in Malta towards the end of August.

This will be the first blockbuster production to be filmed on the Maltese Islands since the pandemic. Malta Film Commissioner, Johann Grech, in making the announcement, emphasized that all necessary health measures are being taken in collaboration with the Maltese health authorities. Malta has one of the lowest rates of COVID- 19 cases in Europe and is one of the safest countries to visit. 

Colin Trevorrow, who was director of the first rebooted Jurassic World film in 2015, will return as director for the production of Jurassic World 3. Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill, members of the original cast from the 1993 Jurassic Park film, will also return in the upcoming film. The trio will appear alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, stars of the 2015 film, Jurassic World and 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The Maltese Islands - Malta, Gozo, and Comino - have been the location for many iconic Hollywood blockbusters such as Gladiator, U-571, The Count of Monte Cristo, Troy, Munich, World War Z, Captain Phillips, and of course, Popeye, which remains a huge tourist attraction in Malta. Game of Thrones fans will recognize the locations made famous in Season one, including the city of Mdina, St Dominic’s Convent in Rabat, and the Mtahleb cliffs. 

The Maltese Islands’ beautiful, unspoiled coastlines and breathtaking architecture have ‘doubled' for an amazing variety of locations on the big and small screens. The Jurassic World production will include locations in the cities of Valletta, Vittoriosa, Mellieħa, and Pembroke. The film is expected to be released in cinemas in June 2021.


Jurassic Park 3 Created The Franchise's Worst Problem

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Jurassic Park 3 ushered in the idea of the evil dinosaur Big Bad, which the Jurassic World movies also did with Indomonus Rex and the Indoraptor.

Jurassic Park III created the franchise's worst problem: the series became glorified monster movies with a new Big Bad dinosaur the humans in each film must survive. Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park was adapted from the best-selling techno-thriller written by the late Michael Crichton. While Spielberg's film simplified and consolidated many aspects of Crichton's tale, it hewed closely to the book's plot. Thanks to the photo-realistic dinosaurs, which were a mix of revolutionary CGI and Stan Winston's ingenious animatronics, Jurassic Park was a global crowd-pleaser and became one of the biggest films of all time.

Naturally, Jurassic Park spawned a franchise. Steven Spielberg directed 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which was loosely based on Michael Crichton's sequel novel, but it wasn't as well-received by critics and audiences as the original. The franchise then re-calibrated and returned with a third film, 2001's Jurassic Park III, directed by Joe Johnston - and this was the big shift in the franchise's focus that turned the saga into monster movies. 14 years later, Colin Trevorrow rebooted the Jurassic movies with 2015's Jurassic World, which earned over a billion dollars worldwide at the box office and combined Spielberg's sensibilities with the monster-centric Jurassic Park III. Director J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom followed in 2018, which destroyed the island of Isla Nublar and unleashed the dinosaurs upon the rest of the planet.

In 2021, Trevorrow returns to the director's chair to wrap up the franchise with Jurassic World: Dominion, which unites the heroes of Spielberg's films, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) with the leads of Trevorrow's chapters, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard). The Jurassic World films, especially the first one, soft rebooted Spielberg's original, and contain plenty of callbacks and homages. But most importantly, the Jurassic World movies conspicuously continued the major change that began in Jurassic Park III.

The First Two Jurassic Park Movies Weren't About One Dinosaur

Neither the Jurassic Park novel nor film was about an evil dinosaur relentlessly trying to kill the humans. Rather, it was a parable about the tragedy and havoc that can occur when humans use science to play God. In Jurassic Park, a combination of a hurricane and a plot by the programmer Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) to steal dinosaur embryos shut down the park, trapping Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm with Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim (Joseph Mazzello), the grandchildren of billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), in the wild with the dinosaurs on the loose.

However, Jurassic Park didn't spotlight one particular dinosaur as the villain and the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptors emerged as the film's main dinos. The humans survived an unforgettable T-rex attack and they were stalked by a pack of raptors, but there were also plenty of heartwarming moments showcasing the majesty of the dinosaurs, like the gentle Brachiosaurus. Since they were more human-sized and were adept at problem-solving, the Velociraptors emerged as the most dangerous dinosaurs hunting Grant and the other survivors, but the T-rex even returned at the end and inadvertently saved the people from the raptors. Overall, Jurassic Park's prehistoric creatures weren't presented as monsters but rather as animals simply doing what came naturally to them.

This continued in The Lost World: Jurassic Park where the human mercenaries invading Isla Sorna AKA Site B sought to capture the dinosaurs and bring them to Jurassic Park: San Diego. The Lost World's dinosaurs were the victims; they were innocent animals being exploited by greedy executives. The Velociraptors did return and tried to kill the humans, but the sequel's T-rex was a mother looking for her kidnapped child. Even though the T-rex rampages through downtown San Diego in the film's climax, it's still just an innocent animal trying to understand the strange new environment it involuntarily found itself in.

The Spinosaurus Created The Jurassic Franchise's Biggest Problem

Jurassic Park III essentially laid out the film's new direction in one of its opening scenes. Addressing the audience at a lecture, Dr. Alan Grant declares that "What John Hammond and InGen did [at Jurassic Park] was create theme park monsters, nothing more." A monster-centreic theme park ride is exactly what Jurassic World III was: Grant was bamboozled by Paul Kirby (William H. Macy) and his ex-wife Amanda (Tea Leoni) to accompany them to the dinosaur-infested Isla Sorna to rescue their missing son Eric (Trevor Morgan). Soon, they are all trapped on the island and must face the slew of prehistoric creatures who live on Site B, especially the Spinosaurus, which was the film's main villain.

Unlike the T-rex, which the Spinosaurus killed on-screen in a 'passing of the torch' moment, the Spinosaurus was the Big Bad that existed to torment the heroes relentlessly. There were other monsters on the island, like the winged Pteranodons, but the Spinosaurus wasn't presented as an animal just going about its business; the super predator was a malevolent beast that chased Grant and the humans all over Isla Sorna. The Spinosaurus changed the Jurassic films because every movie that followed had to introduce a new supervillain dinosaur. And, true to Grant's prediction, Jurassic Park III was very much structured like an elaborate theme park ride, and so were the films that followed.

Moreso, Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World movies had to literally invent new dinosaur villains to be his films' Big Bads. Jurassic World was destroyed by the rampage of the Indominus Rex, which was bred to be a cross between the size and power of the T-rex and the guile of the Velociraptors. The Indominus Rex could even camouflage itself so that the super predator the size of a building could also somehow go undetected when the plot called for it. Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom then introduced the Indoraptor, which was a pure nightmare fantasy creature that rampaged all over the Lockwood Mansion but could still creep into Maisie Lockwood's (Isabella Sermon) bedroom and stalk the little girl in her bed.

How Jurassic World 3 Can Correct This Issue

Thankfully, Jurassic World: Dominion is poised to not be a mere monster movie. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ended with the proliferation of dinosaurs across the planet and, in addition, the code to genetically engineer dinos is out in the wild. With the addition of Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm to the story, this hopefully means the film will resume the original Jurassic Park's perspective on the dinosaurs as animals loose in a world that they don't understand and isn't prepared to cope with them. However, the fact that anyone can now create their own dinosaurs could also mean Jurassic World: Dominion will introduce yet another hybrid beast to terrorize humans.

The Jurassic World movies have also leaned hard into the idea that dinosaurs can be weaponized for military uses and this, unfortunately, could be something Jurassic World: Dominion goes all-in on. Since the final film of Trevorrow's trilogy is no longer reliant on the 'dinosaurs in an island' and 'dinosaurs in a mansion' tropes, Jurassic World: Dominion global story could finally deliver on the saga's absurd concept of armies using dinosaurs on the battlefield. But perhaps the original Jurassic Park's themes will find a way to be restored and Trevorrow's movie will treat the dinosaurs as animals again, with the heroes trying to solve the problem of what place dinos have in the world.

In Jurassic World, Claire Dearing said that people were getting "bored" of real dinosaurs, hence InGen had to create the Indominus Rex. This was Trevorrow's movie actually admitting the franchise's fears that the classic dinosaurs were played out and that audiences wanted freakshow monsters instead. But if Jurassic World: Dominion really will bring the saga full-circle, the dinosaurs will hopefully have their natural awe and wonder returned to them instead of relying on a supervillain dinosaur to create fleeting thrills and chills, which began in Jurassic Park III.


Fossilized Dinosaur Egg Found in Japan Recognized as World's Smallest

Thursday, August 6, 2020

A fossilized non-avian dinosaur egg, discovered in western Japan in a stratum dating back 110 million years, has been recognized as the world's smallest by Guinness World Records.(Photo courtesy of the University of Tsukuba and the Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo/Kyodo)

A team of researchers said Wednesday that a fossilized non-avian dinosaur egg, discovered in western Japan in a stratum dating back 110 million years, has been recognized as the world's smallest by Guinness World Records.

The egg measuring about 4.5 centimeters by 2 cm, which researchers say likely belonged to a new species of theropod, was certified on May 23, when a journal article on its discovery was published online.

The fossilized egg estimated to have weighed only 10 grams, roughly the same as a quail egg, was found in a stratum dating back to the Early Cretaceous period in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture, according to the researchers from the University of Tsukuba and the Museum of Nature and Human Activities in Hyogo Prefecture.

As skeletal remains of small dinosaurs are far less common than those of larger ones such as the Tyrannosaurus, which was also a theropod, the discovery suggests that many different kinds of dinosaurs once roamed in what is now Japan, the team said.

"I hope people will know that a world-record dinosaur fossil has been found in Japan and ponder on the diverse types of dinosaurs in prehistoric times," said team member Kohei Tanaka, an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba.


When Mammals Ate Dinosaurs

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Credit: Universitaet Tübingen

The cervical rib of a long-necked dinosaur from northwest China provides the oldest known evidence to date that early mammals fed on dinosaur meat around 160 million years ago. A research team led by Professor Hans-Ulrich Pfretzschner from the Department of Geosciences at the University of Tübingen discovered bite marks of a mammal the size of a modern shrew on a bone fragment of a sauropod that was approximately 20 meters long and weighed several tons. The researchers say the mammals were probably eating a dinosaur's carcass; this was the only way for such a small animal to eat a large one. This discovery, which provides information on the life and environment of the early mammals, has been published in the journal The Science of Nature.

"The early mammals lived in the shadow of the dinosaurs for more than 160 million years. On average they reached a weight of about one hundred grams," says Felix Augustin from the research team, the first author of the new study. "However, we now know that they nevertheless developed an astonishing biodiversity and occupied a large number of ecological niches." Alongside the numerous insect-eating ground-dwellers, there were also semi-aquatic, tree-dwelling, digging, and even gliding mammals. This diversity is reflected in their different diets, which researchers can determine indirectly by examining the shape of teeth and jaws. "Direct evidence such as bite marks on bones or stomach contents is very rare," says Augustin. "Furthermore, all the evidence we have to date dates back to the Cretaceous period at the earliest and is at most about 100 million years old. That's why our discovery from about 160 million years ago is so special."

Rich fossil site

In 2000, researchers of a Chinese-German expedition excavated numerous fossils of vertebrates such as turtles and crocodiles, dinosaurs and mammals from the Jurassic period, the time about 160 million years BCE, from what is now the Junggar Basin in the province of Xinjiang in northwest China. While re-examining the fossil bones, the team noticed tiny gnaw marks on a fragment of bone, which on closer examination turned out to be bite marks made by early mammals. The researchers working in vertebrate paleontology compared the notches with a large number of similar marks on fossilized and unfossilized bones. "The gnaw marks were very similar to those of today's insect-eating mammals, such as shrews," says Augustin.

Due to the extreme difference in size, the researchers assume that the mammals ate the remains of one animal only. "The marks provide valuable insights into the biology of these early mammals from China, which according to the reconstructions were very small insectivorous or omnivorous animals. We were able to prove for the first time that they were not above eating carrion," says Hans-Ulrich Pfretzschner. This behavior is also seen in modern insectivores and other small mammals such as rodents. The surrounding rock in the Junggar Basin provided additional information about the environmental conditions at the time and suggest that the northwest of China had rivers and floodplains and a dry, warm climate when these dinosaurs were alive.

More information: Felix J. Augustin et al. The smallest eating the largest: the oldest mammalian feeding traces on dinosaur bone from the Late Jurassic of the Junggar Basin (northwestern China), The Science of Nature (2020). DOI: 10.1007/s00114-020-01688-9

Provided by Universitaet Tübingen 


‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Is The “Best Yet”, Says Sam Neill

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

After a months-long delay, Sam Neill will finally get to suit up for Jurassic World: Dominion, as he begins filming his scenes this week.

Sam Neill will officially begin filming his scenes for Jurassic World: Dominion this week. Dominion was one of the many films impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, with its production shutting down back in March. While director Colin Trevorrow continued editing work remotely, physical production was halted for months on end. Dominion finally got back to work in July, and despite rumors that things quickly halted once again because of positive COVID cases, the film has continued on. As of right now, it also holds onto its June 2021 release date, though some still wonder if the production delay could result in it getting pushed back.

There's a lot of anticipation surrounding Dominion, and it's not just because it will be the final Jurassic World film. In addition to several returning Jurassic World stars (led by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard), Dominion will feature the original Jurassic Park trio of Neill, Jeff Goldblum, and Laura Dern. Goldblum previously appeared in 2018's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but his scenes only amounted to a quick cameo. Dominion promises to include all three in much larger roles, something Neill has already assured fans of.

After months of setbacks, Neill is finally ready to step back into the role of Dr. Alan Grant. Neill shared on social media that he'll be headed to Dominion's set this week, sharing the message, "Hold onto your hats- gettin' my old one back on this week , and facing off dinosaurs once again." He also called Dominion the "Best yet," and shared his excitement at facing off with the dinosaurs once again. You can see his full post down below.

Exactly what will bring Dr. Grant back into the fray has yet to be revealed, as Dominion's plot is still being kept under wraps. When considering the end of Fallen Kingdom, it does seem like Dominion will confront the terrifying reality of dinosaurs being let loose in the world; perhaps Dr. Grant is brought in to help wrangle them back into their holds. Regardless of why he's back, it'll definitely be a thrill to see him back in action with Dern and Goldblum.

Based on some Dominion set photos that have emerged, it also seems certain that the film is headed to the Arctic. This movie truly is trying to go where no other Jurassic film - World or otherwise - has gone before. Considering how this will be the last one, that might be for the best. This franchise has been around for a while, and it's good that it'll continue to push things into new territories. Its stars, Neill included, have already spoken very favorably about Dominionso hopefully it manages to live up to expectations when it roars into theaters next year.

Source: Sam Neill/Twitter /

Malignant Cancer Diagnosed In A Dinosaur For The Tirst Time

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The main tumour mass is at the top of the bone, and can be seen on the 3D reconstruction in yellow; red gray is the normal bone and red denotes the medullary cavity. Credit: Centrosaurus diagram by Danielle Dufault. Courtesy of Royal Ontario Museum.© Royal Ontario Museum/McMaster University

A collaboration led by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and McMaster University has led to the discovery and diagnosis of an aggressive malignant bone cancer—an osteosarcoma—for the first time ever in a dinosaur. No malignant cancers (tumours that can spread throughout the body and have severe health implications) have ever been documented in dinosaurs previously. The paper was published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet Oncology.

The cancerous bone in question is the fibula (lower leg bone) from Centrosaurus apertus, a horned dinosaur that lived 76 to 77 million years ago. Originally discovered in Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta in 1989, the badly malformed end of the fossil was originally thought to represent a healing fracture. Noting the unusual properties of the bone on a trip to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in 2017, Dr. David Evans, James and Louise Temerty Endowed Chair of Vertebrate Palaeontology from the ROM, and Drs. Mark Crowther, Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and Snezana Popovic, an osteopathologist, both at McMaster University, decided to investigate it further using modern medical techniques. They assembled a team of multidisciplinary specialists and medical professionals from fields including pathology, radiology, orthopaedic surgery, and palaeopathology. The team re-evaluated the bone and approached the diagnosis similarly to how it would be approached for the diagnosis of an unknown tumour in a human patient.

"Diagnosis of aggressive cancer like this in dinosaurs has been elusive and requires medical expertise and multiple levels of analysis to properly identify," says Crowther, who is also a Royal Patrons Circle donor and volunteer at the ROM. "Here, we show the unmistakable signature of advanced bone cancer in 76-million-year-old horned dinosaur—the first of its kind. It's very exciting."

Comparison between thin sections of the cancerous shin bone (left) and normal shin bone of the horned dinosaur Centrosaurus apertus. The fossils were thin sectioned to compare the bone microstructure and properly diagnose the osteosarcoma. Credit: Royal Ontario Museum.© Royal Ontario Museum/McMaster University

After carefully examining, documenting, and casting the bone, the team performed high-resolution computed tomography (CT) scans. They then thin-sectioned the fossil bone and examined it under a microscope to assess it at the bone-cellular level. Powerful three-dimensional CT reconstruction tools were used to visualize the progression of the cancer through the bone. Using this rigorous process, the investigators reached a diagnosis of osteosarcoma.

To confirm this diagnosis, they then compared the fossil to a normal fibula from a dinosaur of the same species, as well as to a human fibula with a confirmed case of osteosarcoma. The fossil specimen is from an adult dinosaur with an advanced stage of cancer that may have invaded other body systems. Yet it was found in a massive bonebed, suggesting it died as part of a large herd of Centrosaurus struck down by a flood.

"The shin bone shows aggressive cancer at an advanced stage. The cancer would have had crippling effects on the individual and made it very vulnerable to the formidable tyrannosaur predators of the time," says Evans, an expert on these horned dinosaurs. "The fact that this plant-eating dinosaur lived in a large, protective herd may have allowed it to survive longer than it normally would have with such a devastating disease."

Osteosarcoma is a bone cancer that usually occurs in the second or third decade of life. It is an overgrowth of disorganized bone that spreads rapidly both through the bone in which it originates and to other organs, including most commonly, the lung. It is the same type of cancer that afflicted Canadian athlete Terry Fox and led to the partial amputation of his right leg prior to Fox's heroic Marathon of Hope in 1980.

"It is both fascinating and inspiring to see a similar multidisciplinary effort that we use in diagnosing and treating osteosarcoma in our patients leading to the first diagnosis of osteosarcoma in a dinosaur," says Seper Ekhtiari, an Orthopaedic Surgery Resident at McMaster University. "This discovery reminds us of the common biological links throughout the animal kingdom and reinforces the theory that osteosarcoma tends to affect bones when and where they are growing most rapidly."

This study aims to establish a new standard for the diagnosis of unclear diseases in dinosaur fossils and opens the door to more precise and more certain diagnoses. Establishing links between human disease and the diseases of the past will help scientists to gain a better understanding of the evolution and genetics of various diseases. Evidence of many other diseases that we share with dinosaurs and other extinct animals may yet be sitting in museum collections in need of re-examination using modern analytical techniques.

Journal information: Lancet Oncology 

Provided by Royal Ontario Museum


Why Ian Malcolm Didn't Return In Jurassic Park 3

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Jeff Goldblum was noticeably absent in Jurassic Park III after starring in the first two franchise films. Here are the possible explanations for why.

Dr. Ian Malcolm starred in the first two installments of the Jurassic Park film series, but the character was notably absent for Jurassic Park III. Jeff Goldblum portrayed the cocky mathematician and quickly became a fan favorite for his snarky dialogue. Malcolm was the sole lead character that returned for 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but rather than get the gang back together for the third movie, only Sam Neill and Laura Dern reprised their roles as Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler, respectively.

Malcolm was one of the experts invited to Isla Nublar in the 1993 original film to determine whether John Hammond's new theme park was safe or not. He, along with Grant and Sattler, toured the dinosaur park while questioning the operations and morality of the source of entertainment. Malcolm, being an expert in "Chaos Theory," was the key source of criticism. His worry was later justified when various dinosaurs broke out of their confines and wreaked havoc throughout the park. Even though Malcolm's reputation took a hit prior to The Lost World, the character agreed to join a team of researchers on a special mission on Isla Sorna (Site B), the island where dinosaurs were bred. The group then came into conflict with InGen who were trying to bring dinosaurs back to the United States. Their plan went awry as predicted, and a Tyrannosaurus went on a rampage through San Diego.

Malcolm managed to clean up the mess made by InGen, and his reputation was restored in the process. Even though Jurassic Park III also took place on Isla Sorna, Malcolm wasn't involved. Instead, a divorced couple tricked Grant into helping them find their son who was lost on the island. Grant briefly mentioned Malcolm and his latest book, but that was the extent of the character's role. The reasoning for Goldblum's absence was never made clear. In fact, there are a few conflicting reports suggesting why Malcolm wasn't involved in Jurassic Park III.

The Contradicting Rumors Surrounding Goldblum's Absence In Jurassic Park 3

The first rumored explanation claimed that Goldblum was never invited to reprise his role as Malcolm in Jurassic Park III. It's important to note that the installment was the first Jurassic Park movie not to be directed by Steven Spielberg. New director Joe Johnston may have felt that since Malcolm was a primary figure in The Lost World, it was time to shift focus. A contradicting rumor suggested that Goldblum was set to return for Jurassic Park III, but injured his leg shortly after filming started. The rumor also claimed that Goldblum then decided to drop out of the movie since his role wasn't crucial to the plot. If that was the case, Goldblum probably had a brief cameo like Dern's reprisal as Dr. Sattler.

Either of the scenarios is plausible, but in the end, it didn't really matter. Following Jurassic Park III, the franchise took a 14-year hiatus before opening a new chapter with 2015's Jurassic World. B.D. Wong's Dr. Henry Wu was the only character to return, but Goldblum memorably reprised his role in the sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Not only is the actor set to appear in the next film, Jurassic World: Dominion, but he will be joined by a few original costars like Grant and Sattler.


Jurassic Park: What Happened To The Girl At The Start Of The Lost World

Monday, August 3, 2020

Young Cathy (Camilla Belle) has a terrifying encounter with some Compys at the start of The Lost World: Jurassic Park - here's what happened to her.

Young Cathy Bowman has a terrifying encounter with some dinosaurs at the beginning of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and it's the same incident that sets the movie's larger plot in motion. Following the runaway success of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park film adaptation in 1993, author Michael Crichton finally gave in to the demands for him to write a sequel novel, which he published under the title The Lost World (a nod to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic 1912 sci-fi novel of the same name) in 1995. Spielberg would go on to adapt the book two years later as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but ended up dropping a number of its plot points and characters.

Indeed, unlike Crichton's source material, The Lost World movie opens with a wealthy British family on a yacht cruise vacation docking at Isla Sorna, unaware the island is the base for Site B: the place where InGen's scientists would engineer and clone dinosaurs before moving them to Jurassic Park on the nearby Isla Nublar. While there, the family's young daughter Cathy (played by Camilla Belle) is wandering the beach when she comes across a Compsognathus or Compy. Not knowing what the creature really is, Cathy offers it some of her sandwich, only to draw the attention of the rest of its pack, who then proceed to attack her.

It's a disturbing turn of events made all the more unsettling by the fact the scene ends with Cathy's parents and the yacht crew running up to save her and Cathy's mother screaming at the sight of her daughter offscreen, but without actually showing her. Later, we learn InGen founder John Hammond's nephew, Peter Ludlow, has used the incident to yank control of the company away from his uncle, prompting Hammond to reach out to his old acquaintance, mathematician Ian Malcolm, for help. While explaining what happened, Hammond assures Malcolm that Cathy survived the attack and implies she didn't suffer any permanent physical injuries (though she's undoubtedly traumatized by the event).

In addition to kicking things off, The Lost World's opening serves as the setup for a similar development later in the film (albeit, one without the semi-happy ending). Determined to capture as many of the dinosaurs on Isla Sorna as possible and make them part of a potential Jurassic Park attraction based in San Diego, Ludlow travels to the island with a team led by the seasoned big game hunter Roland Tembo and his second-in-command, Dieter Stark (Peter Stormare). After Malcolm and his allies sabotage their operation, Ludlow's crew is forced to work together with them to find a way to get safely off the island by reaching a former InGen site and radioing for assistance. While traveling there, Dieter is separated from the others during a bathroom break and comes face to face with a group of Compys... only, in his case, nobody runs to his aid when he's attacked.

As for Cathy, the character has yet to be mentioned or reappear in any of the Jurassic films made since The Lost World. It's unlikely the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion will address what's happened to her in the years since then either, considering the Jurassic World trilogy has by and large ignored the events of The Lost World and Jurassic Park III, but without also removing them from the series continuity. Still, it wouldn't take a huge leap to assume that, following her close encounter with the Compys, the grown-up Cathy has gone out of her way to avoid being in close proximity to any dinosaurs again.


The Famous Google Dinosaur is Hidden in Android in QR Codes

Monday, August 3, 2020

Google Chrome adds a new function with its latest version that generates QR codes decorated with the popular dinosaur.

In many occasions having a bad Internet connection is a problem, even a tragedy. However, Google takes this situation into account and at the time created the T-Rex Runner, a minigame that only appears when you don’t have an Internet connection and has become really popular. A famous dinosaur that now also is hidden in Android in QR codes.

T-Rex Runner is a video game by 2D style that comes with the Chrome browser and whose objective is none other than jumping cactus and dodging obstacles to get safe and sound as far as possible. A title that can be enjoyed both on computers and mobile devices for free. Now, with the latest available version of the Mountain View company browser has been introduced a function to generate QR codes decorated with the famous dinosaur from Google, as reported by Android Police.

The well-known Google dinosaur minigame.

Google Chrome version 84 incorporates a function to share information using these types of codes, so a QR code generator is introduced to which an elnace can be attached to the page that the user decides. A QR that, as reported from the same media, stands out for being decorated with the popular dinosaur which stars in the Chrome minigame when the Internet connection fails.

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Google Chrome generates QR codes decorated with the popular dinosaur

The famous Google dinosaur is hidden in Android in QR codes.

A feature that works correctly on both Android devices and computers, although must be activated manually. For this reason, this function requires activating some flags so that it appears, such as typing chrome: // flags / # sharing-qr-code-generator in the search bar of the desktop version in Windows or chrome: / / flags / # sharing-qr-code on Android.

The generated codes they can be scanned with any smartphone, in addition to being able to download the image to send it by other means and to personalize the link thereof. Undoubtedly, this is a great step for Chrome that allows users to share any link through a different means and with the image of the popular dinosaur present within these QR codes that are so fashionable today.

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