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News Archive - February 2010
Discovery Goes Prehistoric
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 11:43 AM (Eastern Time)
In 2009, the Discovery channel produced a one hour special entitled "Prehistoric: New York," in which the show chronicled various animals that lived in what is now known as New York City, using the current geographic layout as a focus point to show how much the area had changed.
Due to positive reviews and a decent number for watchers of the program, the Discovery Channel has produced 3 more "episodes" for this interesting and highly educational show. Premiering tonight, at 8pm, 9pm, and 10 pm EST, respectively, the specials "Prehistoric Dallas", "Prehistoric Washington D.C." and "Prehistoric Los Angeles" will be shown, with the shows being repeated in the following four hours.
A new species of sauropod has been named after being excavated, nay, exploded from the rocks of Utah. Say hello to Abydosaurus mcintoshi! the 105 Million year old sauropod is not the only gem of this fossil find, two complete skulls of other sauropods mark this discovery. A rare treat for paleontologists studying these behemoths.
The bones found at Dinosaur National Monument belonged to a type of sauropod — long-necked plant-eaters that were said to be the largest animal ever to roam land.
The discovery included two complete skulls from other types of sauropods — an extremely rare find, scientists said.
JPIV news got you depressed? Hugging your 2K9 Rex just not doing it either?
Perhaps its time to blow some raptors up. Or, just stare and drool at the Primal Carnage's savory screenshots. While it isn't JP related, Primal Carnage and the developers are bringing class-based, team versus team warfare to the PC in the form of dinosaurs versus mercenaries. Want to claw some people apart? Go ahead. Want to give a Velociraptor a facelift? its possible.
Primal Carnage is a fast-paced co-operative multiplayer action shooter set on an island where dinosaurs roam free due to a disastrous military experiment. A team of mercenaries – a playable faction – has been dispatched to contain the threat of the dinosaurs, the other playable faction. With each faction containing unique abilities and each mission having various objectives, Primal Carnage will offer gamers a balanced and highly competitive gameplay experience.
Class-based warfare might sound like Team Fortress 2, and the team versus might sound like Left 4 Dead, the developers promise that Primal Carnage plays like neither. It is slated for a Q4 2010 release. You can check out screens, videos and the full press release here, at the Primal Carnage ModDB page.
Also, if you want to give your input to the developers, please check out the forums located on the official website.
Spielberg may work on Dinosaur TV Series
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 6:53 AM (Eastern Time)
Fox Broadcasting is in the process of lining up heavyweights for an ambitious drama series that may put Steven Spielberg back in the dinosaur biz.
Spielberg and Peter Chernin are in negotiations to board the drama project "Terra Nova," which is described as following a family from 100 years in the future who travel back in time 150 million years to the strange and inhospitable environs of prehistoric Earth.
Hopefully with him working on this it'll make him want to make Jurassic Park IV.
Good news if you hated the John Sayles script idea. It is extinct. According to a new interview done by Drew McWeeny with Joe Johnston on the website Behind the Films, the idea is definitely dead, and JPIV will pick up after Captain America
Drew: Is that still in the offing, or have you moved on now to a new idea?
Joe: We have. There is an idea now for number four that is different from the first three, and that is more or less the beginning of a new trilogy, in that it sends the whole franchise off in a new direction. It’s not about the dinosaur park anymore. It’s about all-new characters. So Steven’s busy right now with the stuff he’s doing and I’ve got to do “Captain America,” but hopefully afterwards, we’ll find time to develop it. And really… it’s something different that we haven’t seen before in the “Jurassic Park” world.
Thanks to user Jack DeLaMare for getting this scoop!