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Re: Jurassic Park 4 - new dinosaur, no feathers

Maybe non feathery skin is easier to render, especially when lots of movement is involved, and thus cheaper to produce.


4/8/2013 9:26 AM, Richard W. Travsky wrote:

'Jurassic Park IV' to Feature New Terrifying Dinosaur

"Jurassic Park IV" will debut a never-before-seen deadly dinosaur. Having been serving on the franchise as the dino advisor, Jack Horner confirms the news to USA Today. "I can't actually tell you who that will be. But you'll want to keep the lights on after you see this movie," the paleontologist says.

Scientists' feathers ruffled over Jurassic Park 4 dinos

Palaeontologists are "pissed off" that the dinosaurs in the upcoming Jurassic Park film will not have feathers.

Evidence has been piling up since the first Jurassic Park film came out in 1993 that many dinosaurs were in fact feathered, New Scientist reports.

However the director of the fourth installment of the films, Colin Trevorrow last month tweeted: "No feathers. #JP4".

While dinosaurs have long been depicted as leathery-skinned lizards, evidence points to many dinosaurs, including velociraptors and some tyrannosaurs, having feathers adorning their bodies.

Palaeontologist and film consultant Mark Wilton said he would be disappointed if filmmakers had decided against putting feathers on the dinosaurs.
Palaeontologist Darren Naish, from the University of Southampton, UK, agreed.

"I'm pissed off by a disregard for knowledge," Naish told New Scientist. "It helps perpetuate the notion that dinosaurs were all scaly dragons, alien and unlike modern animals."
The tweet is all Trevorrow has said on the issue, and Wilton hopes he was simply testing the waters to see what reaction featherless-dinosaurs would get with fans of the franchise.

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