Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 12:34 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
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Hello folks! Oh what is this? Paleontology Saturday has been moved to Sunday? Not exactly. Yes it is a day late, but the staff was busy doing other projects for Jurassic Park Legacy, so I believe it's justified. Anyways, lets get moving on to the news.
Basal Heterodontaurid Discovered in Argentina
Oh I know what some of you guys are saying. "Who cares about heterodontosaurids?" Well I do. They are very interesting dinosaurs which help explain the origin of ornithischians (The bird-hipped dinosaurs that, ironically, didn't evolve into birds); like Stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus, and everyone's favorite: Triceratops. And this discovery is nothing less of the other three mentioned.
Manidens condorensis was a basal heterodontosaurid that helps explain the origin of these already basal ornithischians. One of the things it confirmed for Paleontologists was the size of the early heterodontosaurs, since Manidens is around the 2 feet margin in length. Now that is a tiny dinosaur. Aside from unrelated heterodontaurid teeth found in Argentina dating from the Late Triassic, this is the only one found in the region, as it was discovered in Patagonia, Argentina.
Manidens is a lot more basal in many body aspects than compared to its successor heterodontosaurids. For example, it is very small, only around two feet long. Many heterodontosaurs grew to be bigger later in their evolution.
At an estimated total length of 60–75 cm, Manidens furthermore confirms the small size of basal heterodontosaurids.
Indeed an interesting find. But the article seemed to have forgotten how Manidens could shoot lasers through it's eyes.
To read more about this discovery go here. Credits to Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus for the original article
Sauropod Feeding Behavior
Sauropods are by far the largest land animals the world has ever known, and they are also some of the biggest animals ever. Too sustain their bodies they'd have to munch on greens in huge masses per day. But what did they exactly eat, and how did they? Rebbachisauridae was a branch Diplodocoidae which included sauropods with some of the best dental batteries in the Mesozoic era.
The article tries to look into what kind of plants did each group of Sauropod eat, and the behavior in which they ate it. They used the wear found on Sauropod teeth, snout shape, and teeth shape to compare it to living animals to test multiple hypotheses.
As gigantic herbivores, sauropod dinosaurs were among the most important members of Mesozoic communities. Understanding their ecology is fundamental to developing a complete picture of Jurassic and Cretaceous food webs. One group of sauropods in particular, Diplodocoidea, has long been a source of debate with regard to what and how they ate.
Hypotheses of various browsing behaviors (selective and nonselective browsing at ground-height, mid-height, or in the upper canopy) were examined using snout shape (square vs. round) and dental microwear.
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That concludes Palaeontology Sunday, guys! Be sure to come back next time, on Saturday, when we will have more from the world of Paleontology. And remember if you wish to bring a bit of Paleo news to our attention then please feel free to e-mail us!
Date: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 22:06 (Eastern) Author:Tyrannosaur
Having a large Jurassic Park site you see a lot of ambitious projects that come and go throughout your tenure of running it and in fact of spending the better part of a decade being involved in the Jurassic Park community. Prime Survival, a film by Jack De La Mare, is probably one of the most ambitious projects that was undertaken by an international team of fans spanning from the United States and United Kingdom to make a "new JP film" to satisfy that long urge for another go at the franchise. Prime Survival is that attempt and it does not disappoint in terms of a new dino-romp. For a Fan film, it's quite well down, how it compares against the actual films released by Universal? Well you just can't compare as it isn't a valid comparison. Fan films are usually done by hard working folks with a shoe-string budget to add supplementation to their favorite film/tv franchise. What makes Prime Survival special is the fact it is possibly one of the FIRST released Fan Films to take itself seriously. Why is this a good thing? Because frankly you need to realize that almost ever JP fan film out there has been a spoof or a gag reel of old and tired humor of spoofing the Same. Exact. Scene. Over. And. Over. Again. Thankfully Prime Survival isn't that. It has adventure in a rather basic storyline involving three boys journeying to Isla Muerta.
Isla Muerta is part of the Las Cinco Muertes island chain in the Jurassic Park franchise. The only island we've seen out of this chain is Isla Sorna, InGen's Site B. As for what happens when they reach the island, you can imagine. They're stuck and they need to find a way off of the island.
So what's the good word?
Story: While the storyline appears basic you can tell there's more to it when you watch the film. The story is believable and it doesn't have any of these kids living on a dinosaur island for eight weeks, they're there and they get out within a span of two-three days like a majority of JP films. The story itself flows quickly and gets to the point fast. The film run time is about an hour, but it does a fairly decent job of introducing us to our characters, what they want, why they go to the island, and does some interesting continuity work for it. There was a lot of honest care and effort placed into explaining things in the story and taking the time to show us things like, "Well this is why Dinosaurs are on this other island." and keeping it straight and to the point at the same time. I would admit the ending did seem a bit rocky and there were moments where the film itself seemed to drag on and stumble a bit, but it did well to recover from these moments and keep telling the story and telling it good. Being a Fan Film it did what it could and it did great even with showcasing as many dinosaurs and action sequences as it did in one hour. I give the story telling ability an A.
Acting: "Remember we were young" was held as sort of a reminder for me while I reviewed this so I didn't judge too harshly on them. For the actors being the age range they were they did remarkably well. Could it have used work? In truth, yes, some extra ADR work here and there, but other than that they did remarkably well! I give this portion a B.
Special Effects: For a Fan Film the special effects are basement quality, but done really well and look actually really nice for an amateur film-making. You can tell a lot of care and such was taken into account here. You can't get much better than this with a Fan Film in my opinion. The animal movement though some of the animals look like they wouldn't "move that fast" or "that slow". The effort is there to make it good, but some of these sequences still seemed jerky. I give this section an A.
Music: Done by former staff member BrachioInGen (we wish him luck in his endeavors with musical composition!) the score is distinctly Jurassic Park mixed with The Lost World: Jurassic Park flare. Generally a nice score with a few recognizable injections of the Jurassic Park theme and a recognizable action motif it does its job of fitting with the film and does it well. This gets an A.
Action Sequences/Ambience/Setting: The setting chosen was distinctly "Jurassic Park" in some ways. I do admit a lot of the "buildings" did not seem as run-down as they do in the films, when you side-step this and just go "Yeah they probably couldn't get away with trashing that to make this." it's actually feasible and works well. I did like the nod on there to a Jurassic Park website, JPToys.Com, and to JPLegacy in the end credits.
As to the dinosaurs used, herbivores can be dangerous too it was shown and I applaud this usage! The thing is sometimes throwing herbivores into an action sequence can be tricky as you don't want them to see "out of character". Some of the sequencing during the action sequences appeared to be cut here and there, but it was still generally done well. One sequence with the Stegosaurus I felt was misplaced was during the films climax for the last action sequence to escape we didn't see why it was running, but it seemed to be spooked by someone or something. The film though deserves credit for being a good dinosaur romp! I give this portion a B.
So how would I rate this? I give this Three out of Three T.rex Heads:
Good going guys! I hope Jack you can make another JP film some day. I got an idea for a Live the Legend fan film involving my T.rex I'm dying to get out there! If you haven't seen the fan film check it here :)
Date: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 14:21 (Eastern) Author:Veritas
The wait is finally over. A five year struggle, come to this folks. Jack De La Mare's Jurassic Park fan-film, Prime Survival, has finally been released in its entirety on YouTube. You can watch Prime Survival here.
And tune into Cretaceous Chaos tomorrow, from 4-6 P.M CST, for an interview with the director of Prime Survival, Jack De La Mare.
Date: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 12:58 (Eastern) Author:Chaos_Theory
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Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 13:50 (Eastern) Author:darkraptor
Afternoon folks! Hope you’ve hall had a great week and I hope your all well and good, and long may it continue through the weekend. We’re now in April which sees the launch of Jurassic Park: The Game which gives us Jurassic Park and dinosaur fans something to look forward to do. Kicking off Paleontology Saturday is:
Oxalaia: Brazil’s New, Giant Spinosaur:
The Spinosaurus family has a new member and its name is Oxalaia. Although very little has been found of Oxalaia, enough has been found to show paleontologists that not only was Oxalaia a member of the Spinosaur family it was also a large one.
A fragment 95 million year old of snout and portion of upper jaw are all that has been found of this dinosaur in the late Cretaceous deposits of north-eastern Brazil. Compared with Irritator and Angaturama - though they are likely to represent the same animal- Oxalaia is the larger of the Spinosaurs found in South America.
Frustratingly little will be known about Oxalaia until a new find regarding the creature is to appear in the future but it has been deemed difficult to find. It will be intresting to know if the new South American Spinosaur had a sale like its namesake or if it more like its relatives Suchomimus.
The debate of what family Acrocanthosaurus belongs in is an interesting one as for some time now it has been known as part of the Allosaurus family sue to a resemblance shown, even if it is somewhat distant. In 2000 an almost perfect skull of Acrocanthosaurus was found in Oklahoma which prompted a study from Drew Eddy and Julia Clarke.
Eddy and Clarke compared the recently found Acrocanthosaurus skull with that of Allosauroids and other distantly related theropods to come up with an answer to the question. Eddy and Clarke produced a minutely detailed guidebook from the skull allowing paleontologists to draw up conclusions from their in-depth study
The study showed that Acrocanthosaurus was carcharodontosaurid, being particularly close to Eocarcharia from Niger. Leaving Acrocanthosaurus and Allosaurus only cousins that belonged to separate lineages within the larger group Allosauroidea.
And last but by no means least our very own Terry ‘‘Tyrannosaur’’ Davis Jr has been Public Relations/Media Man for Project: Dryptosaurus. Project: Dryptosaurus is a non-profit organisation which is in place to inform paleontology and science lovers around the world of the forgotten member of the Tyrannosaur family.
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Large Carnivore, Promotions, and Contest Update OH MY!
Date: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 12:31 (Eastern) Author:Chaos_Theory
Scientists announced to day that they have discovered a new large carnivorous theropod in china. Zhuchengtyranus, which also happens to be a cousin of the T-rex. Only the fossilized skull was found, but from this paleontologist's have determined the height, weight and length of this beastly Carnivore.
Height: 13 feet. Length 36 feet. and weighed in at over 13,000lbs. You can read the full article here about Zhuchengtyrannus magnus
We also want to congratulate our own Tyranosaur on his promotion to admin for the Project Dryptosaur Facebook page. You should also be sure to like and show your support for it by clicking the link to Project Drypto on Facebook!
Remember we still have our contest running for a free copy of Jurassic Park: The Game from TellTaleGames! You still have four days to enter your submission.
Also There will be an Interview with Joe Pinney, and well we would like your questions so head on into our forums, and ask! We will pick the top five questions to ask!
So keep checking back! More Dino News, and announcements to come!