In this article I share some Palaeobiology MSc news as well as the latest Jurassic World: Dominion news.

MSc Palaeobiology thesis now submitted!

I just wanted to take some time to update the blog with an article, given some recent developments that have occurred these past few weeks. First of all, I want to address my Palaeobiology MSc studies. I am very nearly at the end! I submitted my thesis last week on hadrosaur jaw evolution and I am so glad the thesis has been completed and now officially submitted, the project itself was a lot of work and I loved every minute of the research. Big Thanks go to my supervisors Mike Benton, Emily Rayfield and Logan King. I’ve enjoyed the @BristolPalaeo MSc so much and I can’t believe it’s nearing its end! I just have one more exam to go in January, then I’m officially finished on the course so not long left to go now.

I also want to highlight the fact that Jurassic Finds has also passed 26,000 views in total, being viewed in over 128 countries over the past 4 years (the blog will be 4 years old this coming January!). The blog has had 12,538 views this year alone with 7,768 visitors, which is really incredible stuff! The stats dwarf the viewing stats of previous years, and it has been great to see the positive reactions to my articles. I am really ‘Thankful’ to all the readers out there who have been supporting the blog, especially this year.

Replica cast skeleton of Edmontosaurus annectens at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Image credit: James Ronan, 2019.

Jurassic World: Dominion Prologue officially released

Some big Jurassic World news dropped today though! The official Jurassic World: Dominion prologue which was initially released in select IMAX cinemas with Fast and the Furious 9 has finally dropped online. The prologue takes place in the Late Cretaceous with a time jump to the present day. Initially Colin Trevorrow the director of the film was unsure whether it would be in the final film and by the looks of things it might have been cut, given how it is now been uploaded online onto the Jurassic World YouTube channel You can watch the prologue below.

I wrote an article back in June about the above prologue which can be viewed here. Palaeontological consultant Steve Brusatte commented a while ago on Twitter in a response to my tweet about the dinosaur depictions, which have been debated a lot since the prologue released initially in cinemas.

The palaeontological inaccuracies have been debated to death over recent months however, so I won’t bore you with all that here in detail.

The Nasutoceratops herd migration scene featured in the prologue is my favourite scene in the preview. There is a lot of animalistic behaviour on display here, from the migration itself to members of the group bathing in the river. A juvenile waits for its parent to catch up before moving ahead, there’s even one adult with a broken horn. Image credit: Jurassic Vault, 2021.

Unsurprisingly some small bits of information about the film have dropped alongside the prologue, in this new interview with Colin Trevorrow on IGN. The video goes into detail about decisions made with the prologue which I think fans of the series will definitely want to check out!

Jurassic World: Dominion director Colin Trevorrow breaks down the prologue for IGN.

Interestingly the Moros Intrepidus seen in the prologue will also be featured in the main film, which is really exciting to hear. I covered the fossil discovery of Moros Intrepidus in an article on Jurassic Finds back in 2019, you can read it here.

The Moros Intrepidus in the Jurassic World: Dominion prologue. Image credit: Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment, 2021.

I think the choice to put the prologue online today was the right decision, but I do think this means an actual proper teaser trailer for Jurassic World: Dominion will come out in early 2022 now, most likely February given the prologues release this week. Jurassic World: Dominion comes out in June 2022 and will very much be a film that palaeontologists, families and children will be eagerly awaiting.

As a community member within the Jurassic fandom, I know more about the film then I probably should, so seeing all the discussions the film has been generating online has been really exciting to see and experience. With only 7 more months to go until Jurassic World: Dominion releases Universal Pictures will be looking to increase their marketing drive for the upcoming film, so it will be interesting to see what new teases are made available for the fandom. Until then however the prologue can certainly tide us Jurassic fans over for the time being.

Jurassic Finds upcoming content

I just wanted to spend the last half of this article discussing the blog. I have been really itching to get a proper palaeontological blog post written for Jurassic Finds for a long while, but unfortunately this will have to wait until the MSc is out the way in January. As when I write articles, I like to make sure I take my time writing them, getting all the information available in front of me and planning it out accordingly before I fully write up. A typical palaeontological blog post would take me about 5-6 hours writing time, which is a hefty amount of time and something I currently can’t commit to due to revision. I am also applying for relevant job roles as well so that is taking up my time as well.

Thankfully though, those of you who enjoy my palaeontology articles won’t have to wait too long as I do plan on writing a blog post regarding the discovery of Ceratosuchops inferodios and Riparovenator milnerae on the Isle of Wight soon. I hope to have an article published about these two new Spinosaurids in early 2022.

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The Oviraptor in the Jurassic World Dominion prologue. Image credit: Jurassic Vault, 2021.

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