06/19/2015

Science Goes to the Movies: ‘Jurassic World’

17:36 minutes

Original image courtesy of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment
Original image courtesy of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment

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?

Segment Guests

Kenneth Lacovara

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

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.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for Science Friday. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.