The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park vs Reality

Jurassic Park movies are done by the meaning to make it as real as possible, and we all know that Spielberg and Co. did a great work with Jurassic Park. However, we’re talking about movies here and there are certain things that have nothing to do with reality, which have mainly been changed to make the JP movies more exciting.

Please note that we don’t go into details of dinosaur species here, since Jurassic Park dinosaurs are all modern mutants (I like to call them “modern dinosaurs”, to make discussions easier) it would make no sense to explain their differences here. For more informations on JP dinosaurs check out our Jurassic Park Database

Were dinosaurs really monsters like it’s shown in the movies?

NO. A dinosaur is an animal like the animals in our time period. A dinosaur has the same feelings as humans and would ever act in a natural fairness. A dinosaur would never kill without any reason, that’s something that humans can do – but not an animal. They attack only for two reasons: when they’re hungry or when they see something dangerous in their oponents.

Did dinosaurs really behave like they do in the films?

YES and NO. Nobody can say it that exactly. The dinosaurs in Jurassic Park correspond to a very conceivable behavior. Most scientists say that f.e.: the T-Rex and the Velociraptor had to act like the birds today, and that’s the theory which was used for JP too. But they would never attack people like in the films. Especially the JP Raptors, which are extremely intelligent and which could have had a very good social structure in their families would hardly attack for no reason.

In addition, the dinosaurs in the films are actors, exactly like Sam Neill and the others, so they do things there they wouldn’t do in real life.

Could Pteradon really flap its wings?

NO. Pteranodon was most likely a cliff glider. When you check it’s thin arms you can see that it wouldn’t have enough power to fly like a bird over long time by flapping with its wings. It used probably like the eagles, paragliders and sailplanes the thermics and upwinds to make height.

Could Brachiosaur really rear up like it does in the movie?

In Jurassic Park the Brachiosaurus is rearing up on it’s back legs to get some leaves of the tree. Doing this would probably be very hard for this sauropod, because it’s back legs are shorter than it’s front legs.

Could Dilophosaurus really spit poison?

There is no evidence for that. This theory is based on pure assumptions, because there are snakes that can attack the hunted by spitting poison. They wanted to make the Dilo more attractive for the film and invented this.

Would Spinosaurus attack other dinosaurs?

NO. Spinosaurus was a fisheater and wouldn’t be interested in fights with other large carnivores. When you look at it’s snout and teeth you can clearly see that it ate fish. It was probably still strong enough to bring other carnivores down. Anyway, it would go out of a confrontation with another large robber.

How common are Raptor fossils?

In Jurassic Park 1 and 3 you can see paleos digging up the most perfect fossilized remains on earth, but in real life you would be lucky just to find a half of a raptor skeleton.

Would a Dinosaur really crash through walls like they do in the movie?

NO. In “The Lost World” and “Jurassic Park ///” the T-Rex and the Spinosaurus are always breaking through fences, walls and doors. That’s pure nonsense, because (as said before) a dinosaur is an animal with feelings. For example: For the T-Rex that would be a feeling like when you would fall with 30 km/h down on a street – so would you break through fences or doors then? I think not.

Could T-Rex run or not?

That’s a big point to discuss. There are different types of calculations used, and they’re giving us different results as we know. Some scientists are having the opinion that our star, the T-Rex, could reach 50 km/h without any problems. That’s what the footprints of large, two-legged hunters are showing us.

However, since February 2002 maintains another group of scientists that running would be hardly possible for a 6 ton two-legged animal, because it should haven’t had enough leg-muscles for sprinting. And there comes again a new problem: who says that a T-Rex really had a weight of 6 tons?

It’s both only speculation, however: fact is that the skeletons of the carnivores tell us that they could reach relatively high speeds.

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