Paleoartist Laments Jurassic World's Old-Fashioned Dinosaurs

Jun 15, 2015

When Jurassic Park was released in theaters back in 1993, the scientific community was in shock. Happy shock, that is. For once, Hollywood got the science part—mostly­­—right. Long thought to be lumbering beasts, who slogged around the earth, Jurassic Park ushered in a new era of understanding when it came to dinosaurs: they were actually fast and smart.

Which is probably why the news that Jurassic World would not be incorporating the newest scientific discoveries about dinosaurs irked a lot of Jurassic Park’s original fans. Director Colin Trevorrow made the announcement via a tweet long before the trailer dropped:

Today scientists believe that dinosaurs were not as naked and scaly as they were depicted in Jurassic Park, but rather, have more in common with the birds we know today, likely covered in a mix of feathers, quills, and spiny things. Paleoartist John Conway was pretty disappointed when he heard the news that the film would not be repeating its groundbreaking depictions from 1993, and even more upset when he saw Jurassic World.

Related: Scientists Disappointed Jurassic World Dinosaurs Don't Look Like Dinosaurs

We spoke with John the day after he saw Jurassic World, to get his thoughts on the movie and talk about the long history of tension between scientists and Hollywood.

 

If you'd like to see more of John's work, he has prints available at his website: johnconway.co.

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The Vox series, Observatory summed up the evolution—or lack thereof—of the mighty dinosaur from Jurassic Park to Jurassic World.