Brains in Fashion
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Meets Science
14th June 2018
It’s finally here… 3 years after Jurassic World was destroyed, our favourite characters (both human and dinosaur) have returned to the big screen and we have to say, it doesn’t disappoint! You’ll be pleased to hear that Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) has finally chosen a more appropriate shoe for a dinosaur-escaping type situation. No more sprinting in stilettoes!
The film itself is based on the near extinction of the dinosaurs left on Isla Nublar, due to the volcano which has become active! This causes a split in opinion, with some people believing nature should take its course and kill off the remaining dinosaurs, while others believe the dinosaurs should be saved and treated like any other endangered animal.
A mission to ‘save’ the dinosaurs from extinction is deployed, with Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) tagging along to track down Blue, the Velociraptor he trained from birth. The mission spirals out of control from here on out, in a slightly unexpected twist. But to keep this spoiler free, I think it’s best that we leave that there.
Overall, we highly recommend that you go and check out Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Go with your friends, drag your parents along, or even go alone… this isn’t a film to miss! Just be sure to keep a tight grip on that popcorn as there were a few moments that had us jumping out of our seats!
Despite this film doing a great job at keeping a little scientific accuracy, there are a few aspects which could have been changed to make the film a whole lot better. Today we’re just going to focus on the ANATOMY of the dinosaurs.
One major distinctive feature of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park/World franchise is their monstrous size! We can’t argue that exaggerating the size of the dinosaurs makes for a much more exciting film, but it just isn’t accurate! We see the Velociraptors which are about the size of a horse in the film when in reality they would have been the size of dogs.
Similarly, it’s been recorded that the T-rex would have had a maximum speed of around 25mph, meaning they would be able to catch a human on-foot, however once in a vehicle, it would never have been able to keep up. But, again, where is the fun in that?!
The classic Jurassic Park roar is one thing we will never get out of our minds, and it is another thing that makes for a great cinematic experience. But what would you say if I told you that there is strong scientific evidence suggesting that dinosaurs didn’t actually sound like that?
Although we can’t simply hold a dinosaur bone up to our ear and hear the sound they make, we can look at their skeletons and work out what noises their bodies would be capable of making. The shape and size of the dinosaur’s nasal cavities and rib cages suggest that the noise that they made resembles an ostrich or crocodile, rather than a lion!
Where are the feathers? Whenever dinosaurs are shown on screen, they are always represented as scaly-skinned. However, there is strong scientific evidence that many dinosaurs would have actually had feathers. This is due to a discovery that dinosaurs are actually more closely related to birds than they are to lizards. There is also evidence of feathers in the skeletons themselves, in the form of feather impressions.
If you are interested in the science of how the dinosaurs were created in Jurassic World, then pop over to the Freshly Baked Science page of WONK! and take a look at the new post on genetic editing! Don't forget to tweet us with what you thought of Jurassic World (@magazinewonk) with the hashtag #JurassicWonk.