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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Jurassic Park's Velociraptors: Truth About Their Technique

I love the movie Jurrasic Park. One of my favorite movie scenes is when the scientists get their first glimpse of the dinosaurs at the watering hole. The majesty of it, the thrill of the possibilities and the awesome score get me every time.

Some of my least favorite scenes involved the velociraptors. Sneaky, clever predatory creatures...I definitely didn't want to find them lurking in my backyard. So I read this article with interest from Animal Planet. Turns out that while they were ferocious killers, those long claws were not used quite the way they had been previously imagined. Kudos to the person who invented a mechanical velociraptor so we could learn more about this extinct creature.


At 11:47 AM, Anonymous peter hook said...

The animal planet article was great. Thanks

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

Peter, Thank you for stopping by!

At 4:18 AM, Blogger thebluestbutterfly said...

I enjoyed reading this too.

The only downside:
The movie will not be the same new knowledge will not make it believable in the same way.

I like reading Crichton's accounts of the dinosaurs. I also like to think what a different world this would be today if the dinosaurs had survived.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

dI agree, this knowledge does change the flavor of the movie, but they are still considered to be sneaky predators and that was the part that got me more than their disemboweling methods, though Sam Neill's explanation at the beginning was classic:)

I also hate watching the extras on DVDs where they show 'how it was filmed' I still want the magic of not knowing.

An interesting thought about what things would be like today had dinos survived...I enjoy mental and imaginative exercises like that. We are glad you found so many articles of interest to you on our site. We hope you will drop by again!


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