Paleontologist Jack Horner has told Inquisitr Magazine that the new blockbuster Jurassic World’s scientific mistakes – such as not showing feathered dinosaurs – are irrelevant because the movie itself bases its plot on fictional scientific errors done attempting to genetically engineer extinct species.
Horner, who provided scientific advice for Steven Spielberg throughout all of the series’ movies starting with 1993’s Jurassic Park and also advised Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, points out that movie’s plot revolves around the genetically engineered Indominus Rex, which is supposed to be built from scratch in the image in which most people would imagine dinosaurs to look like.
The movie also features non-feathered velociraptors – one of the decisions which have come under a lot of scrutiny from paleontologists; as recent research actually discovered that the raptors were actually covered in feathers. They also are seen to move as a wolf pack during the movie, another aspect deemed to be scientifically inaccurate by specialists.
Horner himself has come under criticism from his colleagues due to the fact that even though he advised Spielberg on the scientific side the movie ended up distancing itself a lot from it. However, Horner says that they are missing the point:
“It’s a movie, a fictional movie. The last thing it needs to be is scientifically grounded. Everybody was interested in at least having as much grounded as possible but without ruining the movie. But once they are accurate looking, they become the actors and they obviously do thing that real animals wouldn’t do – like chasing people all over the place and breaking into buildings just to eat a person.”
These are not the only Jurassic World mistakes you’ll encounter; another one has pterosaurs shown as strong enough to lift up humans into air. Paleontologists who discussed the movie’s science for the Washington Post have clarified that the flying creatures (who aren’t classified as dinosaurs) were very frail in reality, with their bones having been reportedly as strong as paper. They’re also described as being mouth predators, contrary to their use of the claws which is seen in the movie.
Jurassic World was released for theatres in the U.S. yesterday and has already grossed over $212 million, surpassing its massive $150 million budget. It was the most expensive movie in the franchise and it is expected to at least come closer to the $1 billion grossed by the original movie, which is ranked 17th in the all-time top of highest-grossing box office movies.
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