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  • Susan Elaine Jones

The real Jurassic World

Skeleton of velociraptor

20 years on from Jurassic Park, Jurassic World has been brought to our screens. (Yes, you read that right, 20 years! 22 years actually, Jurassic Park was released in June 1993. Doesn't time fly?) And despite a count of 36 sins on the Everything Wrong With Jurassic Park video, they somehow neglect to mention that most of the dinosaurs featured, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Velociraptor, lived in the Cretaceous Period. I will admit that the Jurassic did have the Brachiosaurus and Dilophosaurus, and even the favourite of the Natural History Museum, the Diplodocus. But the film wouldn't have the "dinosaur exhibits running amok" so much as dinosaur exhibits wandering about eating plants from outside their paddocks, presumably making picnics a little more hazardous. In summary, if you want the chance to be eaten alive by a Tyrannosaurus Rex whilst sat on a toilet, set your time machine to the Creataceous Period - say around 70 million years BC to safely avoid the asteroid. If you don't have a time machine (and I seem to have mislaid mine), you can see some cracking bony remains and use your imagination. This velociraptor is brought to you courtesy of the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge.

Update: found an even better review of Jurassic World... with Lego recreations of key scenes!

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