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Jurassic Park Legacy - News Archive
Archive - May 2005
May 27, 2005
Interesting bit of Jurassic Park IV news today, Dan's
JP3 Page said that John
Sayles, in an interview with the New
York Observer, has claimed the Nick Harris, Gun tooting Dino-Human
script was in fact true. A hacker intercepted the e-mail that was directed
to Steven Speilberg and gave it to Aint-It-Cool
News and had it reviewed. As you know, the script was unpopular
amongst the Jurassic Park fan community and it
was later found out that Jurassic Park IV's script was under
going some development issues. Another interesting point is that Sayles
did confirm JPIV was on hold as well. (Thanks to forum
member JParkRockz for the heads up!)
Paleontologist Jack Horner, he consulted for the Jurassic
Park films, has come under fire lately because it is believed he
Studios held back a discovery of a rather large T.rex specimen in
order to help promote the launch of Jurassic Park
3 in movie theaters. Here's a little snippet from the article
who is one of the nation's leading fossil hunters and works at the
Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, said that the skeleton was discovered
in June 2000 and excavated the following year. The announcement was
not made until just before the 2001 release of "Jurassic Park III."
He said that when he told Universal Pictures about the discovery,
"when they chose to announce it, it was up to them. I didn't care."But
he disputed a part of the NPR report that said he "fudged" the discovery
date so that news of find would come out closer to the movie. "What
was fudged? Nothing," Horner told The Associated Press. "The discovery
dates are put in our notes. When somebody finds something, you write
it down; you can't alter it. There wouldn't be any reason to alter
So Dr. Horner
has been in some hot water apparently, you can read the article here
from Yahoo News.
May 15, 2005
boards are apparently finished with their upgrade, which means you
all are welcomed, as always, to swing by to interact with more JP fans
today! Sorry for any inconvienence this may have caused with them being
May 13, 2005
will be down because Proboards
will be upgrading within the next 24 hours to version 4. Unfortunately
that means the message
board will be unavailable until then.
Yahoo! News posted
about an excellent discovery in the realm of Paleontology yesterday.
It was the discovery of the missing link between carnivorous and herbivorous
dinosaurs. Falcarius utahensis is an earlier known member
of the Therizinosaurs, sloth like members of the Saurichian family.
Falcarius was 12 feet in length, 3 feet high, and it's claws were 5
plant-eating dinosaurs were ultimately descended from a meat-eater,
and switchovers to plant-eating occurred several times. The newly
discovered species, which lived 125 million years ago, could help
scientists understand details of how the changeovers took place.
I also included
an image for everyone to see the new dinosaur
For more information make sure you check the article out here.
May 03, 2005
Pachycephalosaurs seem to be in the news spotlight recently, JPJunkie,
member pointed this article out from National
Geographic - March 2005
Remember the scene in Jurassic Park: The Lost World of a dome-headed
pachycephalosaur wildly head butting a Jeep? Or maybe you recall dinosaur
illustrations-like the one above from our January 1993 Issue-of pachcephalosaurs
ramming each other with their nine-inch-thick noggins. Now Paleontogists
Mark Goodwin and Jack Horner are rethinking the head-butting concept.
After compairing fossil pachycephalosaur skulls from three dinosaur-bone
beds in Montana, the two paleontologists found that only young pachycephalosaur
skulls have the porous, almost spongy bones that scientists think
could havecushioned the impact of head butting; in adults the bones
had filled in and become denser, losing their cushioning effect. Goodwin
and Horner now believe the spongy bone was a developmental feature
that helped form the skull, not a kind of built-in helmet for head-butting.
They also found no evidence of healed scars from skull crashing. "Bone
is a dynamic tiddue and responds to stress," cays Goodwin. "If the
animals were impacted in any way, the bone would show it." Pachycephalosaurs
were "very gracile, lightly built," says Horner. Crashing their rounded
skulls into one another would probably cause injury., twisting the
head and hammering the neck.
So why the big head? It may have helpedin species recognition or in
attracting a mate, the paleontologists speculate. In any case, Goodwin
is convinced "the pachycephalosaur dome wasn't a very good crash helmet."
to swing by and pick that issue up from your local retailer today! Also,
if you haven't joined up on our forums
yet you should definently consider it as it's the best way to meet other
Jurassic Park Fans just like yourself!
May 02, 2005
Some news round up's today. According to Dan's
JP3 Page Sam Neill is saying there is a high chance there will not
be a Jurassic Park IV made.
to an email newsletter, while attending the Logie Awards last night,
a "well-oiled" Neill "ruled out a possibility of a Jurassic Park 4"
in-between making political comments and presenting an award. Is Sam
speaking the truth, or just trying to get into the papers?
There is exciting news of a new find in paleontology today that shows
off a new type of Pachycephalosaur
previously unknown to science before.
of the flat-headed member of the pachycephalosaur family changes the
view of dinosaur history during the final days of the Cretaceous Period
66 million years ago, showing that family trees were still evolving
even as the entire dinosaur world was about to go extinct, the Children's
Museum of Indianapolis said in announcing the find.
in reading more? Make sure you head on over to Yahoo!
News to view the whole article.