In this article I share some news, a video I consulted on as well as discuss the official trailer release of Jurassic World: Dominion.
It has been a bit of a while, but I am back with the second article of 2022 here on Jurassic Finds. There is a fair bit of news to get through first before I get onto the bulk of this article. I am thrilled to finally announce that after two years of study I have finished my MSc in Palaeobiology, which I completed at the end of January! Since finishing the MSc I have been spending my time sorting stuff out, applying for jobs, but also relaxing.
I have a holiday booked for a week in Lyme Regis over the coming months which will be a much-needed break. I am looking forward to spending some time down on the Jurassic Coast to do some fossil hunting, and to relax fully. It will also provide a chance for me to write about the fossil hunting during my stay, which I’ll be able to do. I still plan to write some scientific articles for the blog once I feel ready but currently, I am focused on other things, so I do ask for some patience here.
Palaeo design changes in Jurassic World: Dominion
This past week has been pretty hectic and for good reason. I’m really happy to share a video my good friend in the Jurassic community Klayton Fioriti made the other day, discussing Jurassic World: Dominion and how the film has more accurate dinosaurs. Klayton reached out to me a couple of weeks ago for some anatomical info on the Dominion Parasaurolophus and how it is different from the previous iterations of the dinosaur we have seen in past Jurassic films. I was really happy to contribute some palaeontological information on the design changes for this hadrosaur for Klaytons video. The video itself is only 5 minutes long but is a really great break down of the changes made to the dinosaurs in the film, most notably the Parasaurolophus.
The video has already had 51,000 views and 2,300 likes, you can check it out below!
As well as sharing Klaytons video I also wanted to share that Jurassic Finds now has a dedicated Media Outreach page! This page will host most of my palaeontological media outreach appearances. The links and embeds are provided for both YouTube videos and Podcast episodes so do check the page out, there is lots of dinosaur content watch and listen to.
Jurassic World: Dominion– First Official Trailer
So on the 10th of February we finally got the first official trailer for Jurassic World: Dominion, and what a trailer it is! See below if somehow you haven’t caught it already..
I can’t even count the number of times I have watched this trailer now. I have watched it again and again and checked out YouTuber reactions. It really is a fantastic trailer.
Something that took me by surprise with this trailer was how many of the new dinosaurs were shown. For starters the film shows Blue has had a baby, called Beta. Suggesting the biological process of parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). Interestingly enough when I first saw Fallen Kingdom, I thought at the end when we see Blue looking over the small town, we might see Blue with another juvenile Raptor implying this. So, it is really great that Colin Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael decided to use this as a plot point for the sequel. Back to the trailer, we see the Pyroraptor in all its feathery glory as well as the Therizinosaurus.
We finally have onscreen confirmation of the return of the Dilophosaurus (already heavily reported to return), a dinosaur we haven’t seen make a proper physical appearance in the films since the original Jurassic Park. Obviously, the return of Dr. Ellie Sattler, Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ian Malcolm is one of the major take aways. The reunion of the original cast alongside the Jurassic World cast makes the film really feel like an Avengers: Endgame or Spider-Man: No Way Home type of reunion.
For me the return of Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant remains a bittersweet moment, given the fact that I had the opportunity to meet Sam in person a good few years ago. I’m honestly not ready to see him back on the big screen in a role that means so much to me.
In terms of the dinosaurs in the trailer I don’t want to delve into the palaeontological depictions of the dinosaurs in this article too much, due to the fact that I have discussed it in the past on Jurassic Finds, but I will be talking about this on upcoming Podcasts and most likely Jurassic fandom YouTube videos in the near future…what I will say is that a lot of anatomical changes have been made across the board, with the pronation of dinosaur arms/claws being fixed or put into a more neutral position like the Atrociraptors. Alongside these changes the Atrociraptors have a pubic bone now which you can actually identify, and the other new dinosaur additions to the franchise such as the Pyroraptor and Therizinosaurus have feathers, something we had already seen with the addition of the Moros Intrepidus in the Dominion prologue a while back but a very welcome palaeontological addition.
The Jurassic franchise will never be 100% palaeo accurate, but the changes made so far go a long way in updating the Jurassic World designs, some of these anatomical changes have been long overdue such as the feathers, especially when we first saw feather like quills on the Male Velociraptors in Jurassic Park 3, back in 2001. These design developments in Jurassic World: Dominion should be celebrated, I for one am not only very hyped to see the film but am very excited to see the original trio back on screen.
I’ll leave my thoughts for there now. There is a lot to look forward to over the coming months especially as the release of Jurassic World: Dominion draws ever closer. I hope you have enjoyed reading this article! If you are new to the blog do give it a follow and check out my past posts. As well as this blog and my media outreach page you can also keep up to date with my palaeontology/podcast outreach content at my linktree.