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There Are Already Some Scientific Quibbles With "Jurassic World"

It seems that the film may not be completely scientifically accurate. Which is utterly shocking, honestly.

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The trailer for the film was recently released, but people have already started to point out there are a few scientific issues visible in the short clip.

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Firstly, there is this concern about the Big Bad having thumbs.

From trailer, looks like #JurassicWorld's Big Bad has thumbs. Yeah. A huge, smart, carnivorous dinosaur with thumbs sounds like a GREAT idea

Brian Switek@LaelapsFollow

From trailer, looks like #JurassicWorld's Big Bad has thumbs. Yeah. A huge, smart, carnivorous dinosaur with thumbs sounds like a GREAT idea

10:33 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Which, as pointed out, is a worrying addition to a super-smart dinosaur.

  1. Does the dinosaur have thumbs?

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    Yes, that goddamn dinosaur has thumbs and that is terrifying.
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    No, they're just claws. Still terrifying though.
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    No, they're just claws. Still terrifying though.

We're convinced.

Then there were issues with the mosasaur's lack of a forked tongue.

#JurassicWorld's mosasaur looked pretty badass, but it would have looked even better with a forked tongue! http://t.co/EjMLN4y96f

Brian Switek@LaelapsFollow

#JurassicWorld's mosasaur looked pretty badass, but it would have looked even better with a forked tongue! http://t.co/EjMLN4y96f

3:44 AM - 26 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As a result, this giant carnivorous reptile with rows and rows of razor-sharp teeth isn't remotely scary.

There was also this quibble with its back.

@Blackmudpuppy Yup. The back fringe is misidentified tracheal rings. Oops. Some geneticist at #JurassicWorld might get fired for that one.

Brian Switek@LaelapsFollow

@Blackmudpuppy Yup. The back fringe is misidentified tracheal rings. Oops. Some geneticist at #JurassicWorld might get fired for that one.

10:16 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This bit. They're talking about this bit.

It's actually a scientific theory that was debated over many years, with National Geographic providing an in-depth explanation of the process by which the Tylosaurus, a subfamily of mosasaur, lost its fin.

This is a diagram of the way scientists originally thought the dinosaur looked.
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This is a diagram of the way scientists originally thought the dinosaur looked.

Then the entomologists got involved.

Dear #JurassicWorld, Entomologists are real. We're actually quite nice. Please ask us why mosquitos /= crane flies

Morgan Jackson@BioInFocusFollow

Dear #JurassicWorld,

Entomologists are real. We're actually quite nice. Please ask us why mosquitos /= crane flies

5:42 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Mosquito on the left, crane fly on the right.

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This is probably a good time to point out that the whole mosquito thing wouldn't work anyway.

Life doesn't find a way.
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Life doesn't find a way.

Especially given this oft-forgotten plot point from the first film.

Can't believe I didn't realize this sooner. If the dinosaurs were made with frog DNA, weren't they all hybrids to start with? #JurassicWorld

Brian Switek@LaelapsFollow

Can't believe I didn't realize this sooner. If the dinosaurs were made with frog DNA, weren't they all hybrids to start with? #JurassicWorld

12:26 AM - 26 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Then it was on to the feather problem, as in recent years it has become increasingly clear that dinosaurs had feathers.

Basic message of #JurassicWorld is "Screw you, science, we don't need your stinking feathers!! This is alt-future-1993!!" #dinosaurs

Darren Naish@TetZooFollow

Basic message of #JurassicWorld is "Screw you, science, we don't need your stinking feathers!! This is alt-future-1993!!" #dinosaurs

9:58 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Fossils such as this one of a Sinosauropteryx provide evidence of non-avian dinosaurs also having feathers of a sort.

Scenes like this probably would look a tiny bit daft with feathers though, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The scientists are still pretty excited about the movie, despite its possible flaws.

#JurassicWorld looks like it's going to be a really fun monster movie. If you want dinosaurs, visit a museum after viewing.

Brian Switek@LaelapsFollow

#JurassicWorld looks like it's going to be a really fun monster movie. If you want dinosaurs, visit a museum after viewing.

10:38 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Of course, this is probably still the biggest question.

JURASSIC WORLD prequel that's just a boardroom drama about trying to get insurance for a new dino park after what happened to last one.

Alison Willmore@alisonwillmoreFollow

JURASSIC WORLD prequel that's just a boardroom drama about trying to get insurance for a new dino park after what happened to last one.

5:19 PM - 25 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Here, have some Chris Pratt being ominous.

h/t: GizModo.

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