From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:12 AM
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Subject: Scientific errors in Jurassic World
Based on trailers only, I assume we could come up with these:
1.) Lack of feathers in "velociraptors" and ornithomimids
2.) Inaccurate anatomy of velociraptors, ornithomimids (esp. hands), stegosaurs
(tail dragging), sauropods and tyrannosaurus
The Gallimimus also has teeth, based on photos of the models in some of the
3.) Impossibility of cloning mosasaurs (no blood sucking insect in amber for
Various in-universe YouTube videos reveal that they have moved passed the
mosquito-based techniques. So they must have resurrected
it using one of their newer techniques.
A more probable problem with the whale-sized mosasaur: although we don't have
good growth curves for mosasauroids yet, it is
unlikely they grew at dinosaurian rates. So it probably would take 50 or more
years to get a mosasaur this big.
4.) Superpterosaurs lifting people (and without pycno-fibrils)
5.) Pitoresque "Indominus rex", impossible hybrid
I do not have a problem with the idea of the hybrid, since it is very very very
very clear since the first trailer that this is a
genetically modified supermonster and not a dinosaur. And, it is very VERY VERY
VERY VERY VERY clear since the first trailer that
reasonable people consider its creation a very bad idea...
6.) Impossibility of "training" and even "using" deinonychosaurs
Not an error at all. The in-universe dromaeosaurids are shown to be highly
intelligent and having a dominance hierarchy. People
thinks this makes them "badasses", but really these are precisely the
properties that make animals trainable: the human winds up
inserting themselves as the "alpha female".
More generally, many types of birds imprint on a parent, even if the "parent"
is another species. So if Chris Pratt's character
trained these (especially from hatching), it is not unreasonable.
We have to judge the movie aspect of the movie on its own merits. It is
possible to be scientifically accurate but still have a good
film. So we'll find out in a few days.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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