Discoveries made by Professor Xu Xing in north-eastern China are believed to be the final proof that theropod dinosaurs are ancestral to birds.
One of these discoveries- a Troodontid theropod named Anchiornis huxleyi- is said to display the oldest-known feathers. The fossil shows well-preserved plumage adorning the arms and legs in a four-winged arrangement, with more feathers along the tail.
The fossil is approximately 150 million years old- outdating earliest known bird Archaeopteryx by approximately 10 million years.
Bristol palaeontologist Michael Benton says:
"Drawing the tree of life, it's fairly obvious that feathers arose before Archaeopteryx appears in the fossil record. Now these fantastic new discoveries by Professor Xu Xing prove that once and for all."
Read the full article on the BBC News website here.
Jurassic Park on Blu Ray- SOON!
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 7:55 AM (Eastern Time)
The new face of Jurassic Park.com is still being developed but one interesting note is the fact that Internet Explorer uses, by moving your mouse of the Jurassic Park logo in the middle of the screen under the video display and next to the The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 logos, a message appears saying "Learn More about Blu-Ray High Definition Experience" with a hint lying in the source code saying "Contains all the features from the DVD, plus these additional exclusives."
Keep your eyes peeled and start saving up your money, Jurassic Park on Blu Ray may be right around the corner!
JurassicPark.Com gets a Facelift!
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 4:56 AM (Eastern Time)
For the first time since the release of Jurassic Park III, the official website for Jurassic Park has been updated with a new layout!
Highlighting the adventures to be had on DVD with all new photo galleries and edited sequences from the films, the new site looks amazing!
The site now functions as a means for advertising the DVD box set rather than as a means for exploring the film so we invite all that are curious about the film to explore our encyclopedia and keep an eye our for our new look coming soon!
Raptorex kriegsteini is the latest find in China to be hailed as a missing link between Tyrannosaurus rex and earlier dinosaurs.
At 10ft (3m) long and likely weighing in at 65kg; Raptorex, believed to be a young adult, resembles a miniature T rex and would have lived around 60 million years earlier.
Researchers believe this find completely alters current theories on how the tyrannosaurs evolved.
Says Dr Paul Sereno, of the University of Chicago:
"It's as close to the proverbial missing link on a lineage as we might ever get for T Rex.
"From the teeth to the enlarged jaw muscles, the enlarged head, the small forelimbs, the lanky, running, long hind limbs with the compressed foot for hunting prey: we see this all, to our great surprise, in an animal that is basically the body weight of a human or 1/90th the size that ultimately this lineage would reach in T Rex at the end of the Cretaceous."
If you want Jurassic Park IV to become a reality, then take part in the We Want IV campaign! Setup a few months ago by myself, we're aiming to get the word to the producers about the huge demand for this sequel.
The latest idea is to create a video with numerous fans chanting "I Want IV!" individually. The video will be made when we have a nice amount of your videos and will be uploaded to video sharing sites like YouTube. It will also be sent to the producers and the studio to really prove how much we would like this film.
So if you want to take part, all you have to do is film yourself saying "I Want IV!" and then send it over to me. You can read more information here and how to send your clip.
Take part, and help make Jurassic Park IV become reality!
Hasbro Announces New Jurassic Park Toy Line
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 6:15 AM (Eastern Time)
Hasbro, Inc. has announced plans to unleash the legendary dinosaurs from Universal Pictures' "Jurassic Park." This fall, under a licensing agreement with Universal Partnerships & Licensing, Hasbro plans to launch a new action figure line based on the film's prehistoric predators exclusively at Toys"R"Us stores across the country.
"'Jurassic Park' is one of the most successful film franchises of all time and has a passionate fan base," said Derryl DePriest, Vice President of Marketing at Hasbro. "Dinosaurs are also tremendously popular with kids, and 'Jurassic Park' is the mark of authenticity when it comes to realistic and exciting dinosaur play."
"Since the dinosaurs of 'Jurassic Park' first stomped onto movie screens more than 15 years ago, they've captured kids' imaginations," said Karen Dodge, Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys"R"Us. "There is no better place to find toys based on kids' favorite characters than Toys"R"Us, and we're excited to be the only retailer to offer kids and collectors official 'Jurassic Park' action figures."
"'Jurassic Park' remains the quintessential dinosaur brand," said Stephanie Sperber, Executive Vice President, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. "The movies still rank as one of the top five trilogies of all time, and with Hasbro and Toys"R"Us behind the line, we know there will be great demand for the product. We truly have a winning combination on our hands."
Hasbro's "Jurassic Park" product line will be available exclusively at Toys"R"Us stores beginning this fall, featuring authentic dinosaur action figures in various sizes, such as:
Jurassic Park Basic Dinosaur Two-Pack Assortment - Now, kids can assemble their own dino army with this collection of authentic "Jurassic Park" dinosaurs! With two dinosaurs in each pack, this assortment allows children to create amazing dinosaur adventures. Ages: 4 & up; No batteries required
Jurassic Park Deluxe Dinosaur and Figure Assortment - Each deluxe two-pack in this assortment comes with a dinosaur and a "Dino Tracker" action figure that is equipped with an accessory that lets them track their prey. Now, kids can determine who will win the hunt –dinosaurs or humans. Ages: 4 & up; No batteries required
Jurassic Park Electronic Dinosaur Assortment - The battle is coming! These fully articulated dinosaurs battle each other and have "dino-damage" to show for it. Each dinosaur lets out a fierce roar when kids activate its individual attack action. To create a more realistic battle, kids can also press the "dino-damage" to hear the dinosaur howl. Ages: 4 & up; 3 "A76" or "LR44" Alkaline batteries required (included)
Jurassic Park Deluxe Electronic T-Rex - The king of the dinosaurs has arrived! This massive T-Rex comes to life with multiple growls, roars and howls and even a “bone crunching” sound effect for when it eats its prey. Additionally, its motion activated stomping sounds are sure to strike fear into humans and other dinosaurs alike. This giant dinosaur comes with a "Dino Tracker" action and a weapon that really fires. As an added bonus, the back of the box has an illustration that can be cut out and assembled into an off-road vehicle. Ages: 4 & up; 3 “AAA” batteries required (included)
Since Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment first joined forces to unleash an adventure over 65 million years in the making, "Jurassic Park" has become the "premier" and "authentic" dinosaur brand the world over. When Jurassic Park was released in 1993, it became an instant phenomenon. In the years that followed, two additional films were released – The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III – bringing the trilogy's worldwide box office total to more than $2 billion. The franchise continues to resonate with consumers worldwide via consumer products, popular attractions at Universal Studios Theme Parks and annual airings of the three films on a multitude of television networks.