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Dinosaurs may be extinct, but 66 million years later they continue to occupy our attention. We keep making new discoveries about them, fueling our imaginations and inspiring creative minds — and movies.
Jurassic World opens today, 22 years after director Steven Spielberg hatched a new breed of special effects with the first film in this sci-fi series Jurassic Park. Like the main characters Drs. Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, we’re captivated by the magical realism of the creatures alive and well at this dinosaur theme park. Flash forward to present day, the island is now the hot tourist destination Jurassic World. To maintain the park’s popularity among guests, a new attraction opens but things don’t go according to plan. Not surprisingly, Jurassic times call for Jurassic measures. (Pun intended!)
The great thing about storytelling, however, is we can make up new endings. Ask your child what type of dinosaur she’d be. Tour a museum and ponder on a fossil’s personality. Stage and play T-Rex tours the Arts District. Here’s how we recently imagined our very own Jurassic World in Auckland and downtown Los Angeles, plus some fun facts for good measure.
A newborn human baby has a bigger brain than most adult dinosaurs. Whales and dolphins have the biggest brains of all living animals. Amazingly, at 108 feet, the blue whale is bigger than any dino that roamed the earth.
The largest dinosaur eggs were as large as basketballs.
Most dinosaurs were vegetarians. This one also exhibits a sweet tooth.
Some scientists believe that birds are dinosaurs, suggesting dinosaurs are not actually extinct.
Children love dinosaurs. A LOT. The dinosaur's nature, attitude, and extinction make it the perfect pretend animal because kids know they are completely safe. This gives them the freedom to fantasize and explore. And perhaps this is what originally inspired Steven Spielberg, too.