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SICK JP DINOSAURS
Minor note on things of a JP nature.. the sick _Triceratops_
in the first film owes its existence to a confused cross-over
between what's in Crichton (1991) and the film.
1) In the book, the stegosaurs are ill. This is because they
are swallowing poisonous berries which they mistake for
stones, and they are swallowing stones because they employ
gastroliths. I suppose the implication - it ties in with stuff
Sattler says about long-dead animals finding survival
difficult in the modern world - is that the stegosaurs are
ethologically naïve when confronted with extant flora.
Which is reasonable if you've been extinct for 150 million
2) For assorted reasons, stegosaurs didn't make it into the
first film, but they did decide to use _Triceratops_. They
now decided that, instead of a sick _Stegosaurus_, they
were going to have a sick _Triceratops_.
3) Problem is - the ostensible reason for the ceratopid's
sickness in the film is the same as that for the stegosaurs in
the book: viz, the animals have mistakently swallowed
poisonous berries while selecting gastroliths. So far as we
know, ceratopids did not employ gastroliths, so the cross-
over is flawed.
I think this has been pointed out on the list before. My
sources for the above are assorted published and TV
interviews and Shay and Duncan's (1993) book _The
Making of Jurassic Park_.
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