Science Goes to the Movies: ‘Jurassic World’
Jurassic World hit a dino-sized box office record last weekend. The Jurassic Park reboot—the first new film in the franchise in 14 years—can now boast the biggest opening in movie history. And that record-setting movie audience included more than a few paleontologists. What did the experts think of director Colin Trevorrow’s dino smackdown? Ira asks paleontologists Lindsay Zanno and Kenneth Lacovara what made them clap—and cringe—at the movie theater.
Plus, two years ago, author Brian Switek wrote his dino wish list for the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series. Did any of the reptilian relics make the cut?
Kenneth Lacovara is a paleontology and geology professor and a paleontology fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Lindsay Zanno is the head of the Paleontology Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and an assistant research professor of biological science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.