IF YOU’RE a fan of Jurassic Park then you’ve probably been wondering how accurate it is – here’s everything you need to know.
In a recent video for Wired, a paleontologist, Dr. Hans Sues, exactly what Jurassic Park got wrong in their films.
dr Sues is currently Senior Research Geologist and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC
When asked by Twitter users what Jurassic Park did wrong, the paleontologist first clarified that the film was made for entertainment purposes, “not as a science documentary.”
He then addressed the size of a raptor skull, saying that the directors made them much larger for the film – in reality they are about 9 inches long.
Shortly after the film came out, however, raptor bones – much larger than those in the film – were discovered in South America and Utah in the United States.
Next spoke Dr. Suez on everyone’s favorite dinosaur: the T-Rex.
The film also claims that a T-Rex could only detect prey by movement, but that’s also wrong.
“If we examine a T. rex’s braincase, we find that it had very large olfactory bulbs, which is the part of the brain that takes in information from the nose,” Sues explained.
“It had a very large opening for the optic nerve, which is the nerve that carries information from the eye to the brain.”
“And it had a very complicated inner ear that allowed it to at least hear the wide range of low-frequency sounds. So it would have smelled the actors in front of its snout and it would have been a very short film indeed.”
After addressing the inaccuracies in Jurassic Park, Sues answered more general questions about dinosaurs like “How do we know what color dinosaurs were?”
“For many years we really had no idea what color dinosaurs were,” Sues said. “In fact, people assumed it would have been greenish-brown like many of the modern lizards, snakes, crocodiles, and turtles.”
“And you see that in all the old dinosaur books. However, in recent years, thanks to some remarkable discoveries in China, we have actually figured out what some dinosaurs looked like.”
Sues called this discovery “a real revelation” because we now know that some dinosaurs had color patterns as vivid as modern birds.
“There’s a dinosaur called Caihong, and it had beautifully iridescent feathers,” he said.
And for many who don’t quite understand how an asteroid could have killed dinosaurs, the paleontologist explained that in detail, too.
“Isn’t an asteroid more likely to hit a general area than the whole world? The asteroid theory is a very flat earth theory. There is no such thing as a flat earth. The earth is a sphere,” said Suez.
“What happened is when the asteroid hit randomly, it released the equivalent of 100,000,000 megatons of energy. And that basically melted this giant asteroid that was six miles across,” he added.
“And that sent a gigantic cloud of glowing material into the atmosphere. It would spread around the world. And so basically every major animal died at that point.”
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