Science Goes To The Movies: ‘Jurassic World’
Jurassic World hit a dino-sized box office record last weekend. The Jurassic Park reboot—the first new film in the franchise in 14 years—can now boast the biggest opening in movie history. And that record-setting movie audience included more than a few paleontologists. What did the experts think of director Colin Trevorrow’s dino smackdown? Ira asks paleontologists Lindsay Zanno and Kenneth Lacovara what made them clap—and cringe—at the movie theater.
Plus, two years ago, author Riley Black wrote her dino wish list for the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series. Did any of the reptilian relics make the cut?
Ken Lacovara is Dean of the School of Earth and Environment and Director of the Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Lindsay Zanno is the head of the Paleontology Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and an assistant research professor of biological science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.