'Jurassic World' and its dino-sized inaccuracies

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'Jurassic World' and Its Dino-Sized Inaccuracies


You might have already heard this a time or two but sometimes Hollywood ignores science for spectacle and "Jurassic World" is no different. Scientists just can't decide whether that's a bad thing or not.

Since the trailer dropped, there have been all sorts of thinkpieces on the inaccuracies in the movie.

See that giant fish monster? That's called a Mosasaurus. However, scientists have written it shouldn't be that big, it shouldn't have that frill on it's back and it's not technically considered a dinosaur since it doesn't live on land. Those teeth, though. Those are real.

Also, scientists say the Velociraptors are scaled up as well. Those should only weigh about 75 pounds and be about the size of a medium-sized dog.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09: Actors Bryce Dallas Howard (L) and Chris Pratt attend the Universal Pictures' 'Jurassic World' premiere at the Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09: Actor Chris Pratt attends the Universal Pictures' 'Jurassic World' premiere at the Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Chris Pratt accepts the Guy of the Year award onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Chris Pratt (R) poses with a military officer during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Spike TV)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: Actor Chris Pratt speaks onstage during Universal Pictures Invites You to an Exclusive Product Presentation Highlighting its Summer of 2015 and Beyondat The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: Comedian Amy Schumer and actor Chris Pratt attend Universal Pictures Invites You to an Exclusive Product Presentation Highlighting its Summer of 2015 and Beyondat The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Chris Pratt poses in the press room during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actors Chris Pratt (L) and Anna Faris attend the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 05: Actor Chris Pratt attends March of Dimes' Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 5, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for March of Dimes)
Actor Chris Pratt arrives for the GQ Men of the Year Party, at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, California, on December 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 03: Actor Chris Pratt plays catch before throwing a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on September 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: Actors Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt arrive at the 'Life After Beth' Los Angeles Premiere at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA on August 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lilly Lawrence/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 25: Chris Pratt attends the 'Guardians of the Galacy' photocall on July 25, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Actor Chris Pratt visits SiriusXM Studios on July 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel attend The Cinema Society with Men's Fitness & FIJI Water host a screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' on July 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel attend The Cinema Society with Men's Fitness & FIJI Water host a screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' on July 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Actor Chris Pratt visits SiriusXM Studios on July 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Chris Pratt is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' 7/30/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) LARA SPENCER, CHRIS PRATT
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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Actor Chris Pratt attends The Cinema Society with Men's Fitness & FIJI Water host a screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' on July 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Zoe Saldana (L) and Chris Pratt visit the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 25: Chris Pratt attends the Meet the FilmMakers event for 'Guardians of the Galacy' on July 25, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 27: Honorary pace car driver Chris Pratt is seen before the 2014 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 21: Actor Chris Pratt arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' at the El Capitan Theatre on July 21, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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And another thing, paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara tells GQ that dinosaur brains are likely too simple to be trained the way Chris Pratt trains them in the movie.

"I would not try the Chris Pratt move there. The whole dinosaur whisperer thing is probably a good way to get yourself eaten," Lacovara said.

The inaccuracy that seems to be drawing the most frustration is the lack of feathers. Since the discover that birds are the descendants of dinosaurs, the scientific community agrees that the vast majority of dinosaurs had some kind of feathers somewhere on their body.

We can forgive 1993's "Jurassic Park." This theory didn't pop until after that movie was made.

A paleontologist writing for CNN is pretty irked by this detail calling it "a huge leap backwards and a bitter disappointment."

Jack Horner, the paleontologist that consulted with the film's producers, tried to explain the lack of feathers are about preserving the franchise's continuity.

"The 'Jurassic Park' movies are all one story ... With new discoveries, we just kind of have to shelve them if they conflict with the way they look," Horner told Metro.

Regardless, not all scientists are upset by the errors. A pair of paleontologists told The Washington Post that the movies made dinosaurs much more popular and put a lot more interest in that area of science.

Matthew Mossbrucker, director of the Morrison Natural History Museum, told the Post, "It's true that from what I've seen, the dinosaurs in 'Jurassic World' are not the most accurate. But these are opportunities to have people ask great questions and to educate them — not excuses to throw popcorn at the screen."

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