Is The Portrayal Of The Dinosaurs In The Movie And Book Accurate In Real Life

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Deinos, Greek for fearfully great; awe-inspiring and sauros meaning a lizard. From these words “Dinosaur” is created. When imagining a dinosaur, do thoughts of a large Tyrannosaurus Rex, a swift Velociraptor, or a gliding Pterodactyl appear? Or are those thoughts composed of an image of a small Compsognathus? Do visions of the dinosaurs that we often saw in our childhood come to mind? The amiable brightly colored friends in cartoons or the fearsome bloodthirsty experiments in movies? Were those dinosaurs portrayed accurately? There are features such as size that was changed to appeal more to popular media and for creativity. The Dilophosaurus is a dinosaur that became popular in the the public due to Michael Crichton’s novel “Jurassic Park”. Dilophosaurus means “Two crested lizard”. It was named this because of the two crests on it’s head.The Dilophosaurus in Jurassic Park, both in the movie and book, has a false depiction of size, abilities that no one can prove, and features which are unlikely.

In “Jurassic Park”, there are a few paleontological mistakes. In both the movie and the book, the Dilophosaurus has the ability to spit venom. It spit it’s venom at it’s prey and killed it, this was it’s method of hunting since it’s jaws were too weak.This feature has no evidence to support it. (It might be a genetic error that was created from adding extra DNA to fill up the gaps.) It is true that the Dilophosaurus has weak jaws but evidence of the poison is unknown. Archaeologist think that instead, the Dilophosaurus fed off of carrion or even hunted small animals and rodents. Archaeologist Bret Bennington states, “ Though its (Dilophosaurus’) bite could have been poisonous due to bacteria developing in rotting meat in theropoddental serrations; bacterial toxins help the Komodo dragon in killing their prey).”

In the book, the Dilophosaurus showed sexual dimorphism. Sexual dimorphism is the physical differences between males and females of the same species. (Example: color, size, shape, etc.) The Dilophosaurus were described as 10 feet tall and spotted with black and yellow. The underbellies were bright green and the crests were red and black striped and formed a “V” shape. At the scene in the book, Dr. Grant, Lex, and Tim were floating down river and two Dilophosaurus stood at the river bank up ahead. Dr. grant realized that the two Dilophosaurus were performing a mating ritual (Which contradicts what was stated in the book earlier since the Dilophosaurus was not a breed that contained frog DNA and so the Dilophosaurus can’t have changed genders to mate.) when he noticed some sexual dimorphism. One of the Dilophosaurus was described as smaller in size . The spots were smaller and the crest was duller as well. “Standing on the riverbank were two dilophosaurs. The ten-foot-tall bodies were spotted yellow and black. Underneath, the bellies were bright green, like lizards. Twin red curving crests ran along the top of the...

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