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Jurassic Park is one of the most popular, top grossing movies of all time. It spurred two (soon to be three) sequels, and influenced an entire generation of terrified children to pursue paleontology. But is the movie infallible? Absolutely not. Here are just a few examples of some liberties taken with actual science.
1. The “Dino DNA” would have been a lot harder to find. While amber is a decent preservative, after that many millions of years, the DNA would likely have deteriorated beyond repair or recognition. On the off chance that a prehistoric sample could be found in tact, it would most likely be more insect than dinosaur.
2. And they were looking in the wrong place anyway. The DNA Hammond’s scientists used came from the Dominican Republic, but in reality, no fossils even close to that old have been found there. Maybe if they called the movie “Eocene Park,” (a later time period, from which there are fossils in that area) but that doesn’t have the same ring to it. Also, no dinosaurs.
3. They played fast and loose with the dino sizes. Unless that spitting Dilophosaurus was a baby, it would have been a whole lot bigger. And as we now know, velociraptors were closer to the size of turkeys. Terrifying, people-eating turkeys.
4. They sure did get lucky with that opening fossil. Remember when we meet Drs. Grant and Stattler, and they and their team are daintily brushing dirt away from a full, complete dinosaur skeleton? In reality, fossils are incredibly hard to find, and generally entombed in hard rock that needs to be chiseled or even exploded to reveal the bones locked within.
5. That T-Rex definitely could have seen you move. Common belief among paleontologists is that the dino’s eyesight was definitely not movement-based, but at the very least, its sense of smell would have made up for any vision imparities. So standing still would only get you eaten that much quicker.
6. Those Brachiosaurs would have broken a knee. Sure, it was a powerful moment to watch the huge herbivores rear back on their hind haunches to reach the top branches, but those legs would have collapsed under their full weight.
7. And they were poisoning themselves at the same time. Those gum trees they were reaching up to eat were likely as poisonous to dinosaurs as they are to animals today.
8. Where did those prehistoric plants come from? The island is full of not just creatures, but plenty of flora too (some more dangerous than others). But no plants were cloned from mosquito blood, so where the heck did the plants come from? It’s never explained.
9. Something is seriously wrong with the triceratops. The pile of dung Dr. Sattler digs through is far larger than would be healthy. And the top of the pile is approximately 2 meters high, about double the height of the, er…shall we say, exit point. Now how exactly does that happen?