Jurassic Park 4’s Dinosaurs Will Not Have Feathers
Which means the movie about cloning legions of dinosaurs from preserved DNA will be unrealistic.
There’s going to be a Jurassic Park 4, and there’s some super-vague details coming out about what it’s like. (Some kind of “scary” dinosaur will make a cameo?) The director is Colin Trevorrow, and last month he sent out this tweet:
We’ve known for a while now that many dinosaurs were feathered, instead of the more reptilian look we’ve been giving them. Which means this movie will be inaccurate. New Scientist has rounded up a couple quotes from scientists who are earnestly upset by this:
Palaeontologist Darren Naish, of the University of Southampton, UK, isn’t impressed with Trevorrow’s choice. “I’m pissed off by a disregard for knowledge,” he says. “It helps perpetuate the notion that dinosaurs were all scaly dragons, alien and unlike modern animals.”
“[The decision] jars with overwhelming evidence that some JP dinosaur stars were feathered, and misses an terrific chance to affirm modern concepts of dinosaur palaeobiology with a wide audience,” blogs palaeontologist and movie consultant Mark Witton.