Jurassic Fandom: An Ethnographic Study
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News Archive - March 2009
Nix That (JP4)
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:16 PM (Eastern Time)
So the person who sent us that little story and the art work has since fessed to their crime. An artist by trade, he had come up with his own fan fic and poster and felt that a valid form of expression was through usurping the better intentions of two of the largest Jurassic Park websites on the planet.
On behalf of Jurassic Park Legacy, I apologize that this ended up being fake. I do have to say, we did all we could to try to make sure it wasn't. We get hit by these every once in a while but this seemed the most convincing of its reality.
That having been said, all of you who did get excited about this poster (and I do apologize for that), I would recommend going to Jurassic Park IV and signing the petition that Jack De La Mare has made in hopes of persuading Universal to finally get going on Jurassic Park IV.
Let them hear how much we want it!
Jurassic Park IV: Dark Continent
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 15:55 PM (Eastern Time)
Looking closer, the title reads as "Dark Continent." "Dark Continent" was the name given to Africa during the 1700's to 1900's, during a time when it lay mostly uncharted and when many people lost their lives to its animals. Many people during those days, and even up to today, spoke of seeing strange animals that we now understand to be dinosaur like.
Could this then be a possible story line? Or maybe something more to do with the premise of the novel "The Lost World," where animals have mysteriously gotten off the island and spark the interest of people. Its hard to say but it would seem that the storyline may deal with animals leaving the island for the mainland.
Answer: The Egg- Dinosaurs were laying eggs long before there were Chickens and in this case, the egg still may come first.
One of the most controversial ideas in Jurassic Park, that the ability to rebirth dinosaurs may lie in fossilized mosquitoes, has come under fire again.
The research that Crichton based his novel Jurassic Park on is now known to be defunct; simple contaminated results.
Now, however, there is a great deal of talk behind what it may actually take to create a dinosaur. In Jack Horner's new book 'How To Build a Dinosaur', Horner outlines one of the newest ideas.
Simply taking a Chicken Egg, and playing with its genetic code, the discovery that the genes to give a bird a long tail, or even proto feathers still exist burried in the genetic code, turned off over eons of evolution. The simple reversion of these genes and the genetic de-evolution could, in theory, return the giants that once roamed the earth.
Again, in theory.
Perhaps some of the biggest questions in science such as "What defines a species," "When exactly did a species exist genetically," and "When will we know we have it" will inevitably plague any scientist who attempts this monstrous feat.
“I do think I’ll see a dinosaur in my lifetime,” says Jack Horner. However, we may see some yet.
In a scene that might have scared Alan Grant, Scientific America reports that the worlds oldest vertebrate brain was discovered during the CT scan of a fossilized specimen of an iniopterygian (some 300 Million years old), an ancient extinct fish that is a relative of sharks, rays and ratfish.
Soft tissue is not entirely unknown in the fossil record and has occasionally been discovered despite the millions of years. More surprising, however, was the preservation of the brain tissue which consists primarily of water and is almost entirely unknown in fossils.
During the fossilization process, minerals slowly begin to replace the actual biology of the organisms. Soft tissue, although fossilized, would reveal no genetic value but rather, form and shape.
For the first time, archeologists can now begin to focus not just on rock and bone, but on actual shape and possibly function of organs as vital to life and the evolution of a species as the brain. Further study of the scan revealed that the brain was most similar to that of modern-day shark.
Several fossil specimens were scanned, each revealing some fossilization of the brain cavity but only one had an intact brain.
The study seemed to indicate that brain matter may fossilize more readily than previously expected, but that no one was realizing what they were seeing.
"It's quite possible that brain fossils are actually more common, and we simply haven't been able to find them," spoke John Maisey, a curator in the paleontology division of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
"Now we have to learn new things about brains," Maisey joked, "that we didn't have to bother with [before]."