Jurassic Fandom: An Ethnographic Study
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News Archive - June 2007
Hollywood Jurassic Park River Adventure Retrofit News
Date: Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 3:11 AM (Eastern Time)
Spielbergfilms reports that Universal has unveiled plans to retrofit almost its entire park located in Hollywood.
Universal Studios Hollywood, known for it's attractions and backlot tour, has attracted thousands of guests over the years to its gates. This year, however, sitting on California's backdoor, is the forecast of the hottest year on record.
Universal has unveiled plans to help beat the heat by updating two rides and paving way for plans to create new rest areas with more water and more cooling potential.
The Jurassic Park River Adventure, in particular, is said to have several new features added. With plans to create a "soak to the bone" ride, new 60 foot-high water blasting geysers are being installed as well as even more water-spitting Dilophosaurs, utilizing thousands of gallons of water daily.
Yahoo News reports that Top Fossil Hunter Xing Xu discovered a previousley unknown dinosaur was discovered in a freak find in the Erlian basin of Inner Mongolia. The finding may change evolutionary theory on Prehistoric animals.
The new species, named the Gigantoraptor erlianensis, is the biggest bird-like dinosaur ever found and at a height of five metres (17 feet) is comparable in size to the famous Tyrannosaurus, Xing said.
The 85 million-year-old creature was 35 times heavier than other known similar species, and is thought to have had a beak and sporadic patches of feathers, according to a paper to be released in UK science journal Nature on Thursday.
"If you saw a mouse as big as a pig you would be very surprised, it is the same when we found the Gigantoraptor," Xing, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, told reporters on Wednesday.
"The new dinosaur is much larger than its relatives of the similar species. We have spent a year to confirm its features and characteristics."
The find may contradict an evolutionary theory that as carnivorous dinosaurs got smaller they became more birdlike, the Nature paper said.
Happy Anniversary to the film that spawned a trilogy. Jurassic Park, the film, turns 14 years old today and to mark this occasion we have released the long-awaited Comic Summaries section found on the left-hand side of your screen in the navigation window. All comic summaries have been released today and this includes:
With the Summaries now launched as well as standard content for the site being finished (minus a few sections we still have up our sleeves!) be prepared as the Comic Database is shortly to follow in completion and is scheduled to go online very, very soon as well as the rest of the Encyclopedia.
Terrible T. Rex Was a Slowpoke
Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2007 - 15:24 PM (Eastern Time)
An article posted on Yahoo News has shown that it appears that Tyrannosaurus Rex wasn't the agile hunter as it was portrayed in Jurassic Park after all. Thanks to Pikaia for providing the link to the article.
T. rex was no slacker. But the popular image of a nimble predator turning on a dime and chasing down prey with lightning speed is fiction, new computer models show. The terrifying tyrannosaur was actually a slowpoke.
Previous studies have looked at the movements of birds, the direct descendents of dinosaurs, and fossilized footprints to judge how Tyrannosaurus rex would have moved.
To get a better estimate of the giant’s movement, the new study modeled a typical complete T. rex skeleton, which probably weighed between about 13,000 and 17,000 pounds, and estimated its center of mass and the inertia, or resistance to movement, that it would have had when the animal turned or pivoted.
The center of mass is important to consider because two animals with similar weights may move in different ways depending on how their mass is distributed. For example, an elephant’s four tree trunk-like legs keep its center of mass over its feet, while T. rex would have had to balance its mass differently over its two small legs, bending them to keep from toppling over.
The model results, detailed in the June 21 issue of the Journal of Theoretical Biology, also showed that T. rex would have had considerable inertia preventing it from turning quickly; a 45-degree turn would have taken one or two seconds—far longer than for a human.
These calculations lend further support to previous research indicating that the large tyrannosaurs could run no faster than 25 mph (and certainly not the 45 mph seen in some movies), because its leg muscles weren’t big enough for fast running.
“We now know that a T. rex would have been front heavy, turned slowly and could manage no more than a leisurely jog,” said team leader John Hutchinson of the Royal Veterinary College.