In the past 24 hours I have seen Jurassic World twice and I am now sitting on my couch watching Jurassic Park. Everything is dinosaurs!
I have a lot of thoughts on Jurassic Park (or World…whichever park/movie you’re choosing to think about). As a biologist I believe the entire premise of these films is ridiculous. In what world does recreating dinosaurs sound like a good idea?!?! These are giant creatures which we know very little about. There is so much flawed science behind these movies…but I think everyone’s heard about that by now. I’m not a paleontologist or a geneticist, so instead here are my thoughts as a biologist who’s watched Jurassic World.
In the movie they say there are 14 herbivores and 6 carnivores in the park. And there are multiple of each of these species. This equals a lot of mouths to feed. Where are they getting the meat? Is there a farm on a nearby island that is just raising cattle to feed to the dinosaurs? The herbivores are eating all the greens, but are they replenishing fast enough? And are the species they’re eating native to 2015 Central America? or are they from 65 million years ago when Pangea was splitting? Because that is going to effect how the dinosaurs react to them. So, how did they know what plants they would eat? Did they just start growing things and hope for the best? On a planet where food shortage is a very serious issue, I don’t know if many would be happy with so many resources being put towards Jurassic World.
2. Where is all the waste from these dinosaurs?
There are a lot of dinosaurs in this movie. That would result in a lot of dinosaur waste. We saw the pile of dino droppings from the first film; now imagine that on a much larger scale! I can’t envision the tourists wanting to ride their gyrosphere’s through a field of poop. Are there people employed to clean up the mess? Sounds like a pretty awful job to me!
3. Are all of the dinosaurs still female?
In Jurassic Park they make a point of mentioning that all of the dinosaurs are female and therefore cannot mate. Can we assume they did this again when creating the animals for Jurassic World? You wouldn’t want them mating and having their numbers grow beyond your control. But what about that moment in the first film where they find the eggs and realize the dinosaurs are evolving and mating? What’s stopping this from happening again? If they’re still using frog DNA to fill the gaps, I imagine it would happen again. Which brings me to the point of why they didn’t use bird DNA. I held a wild hawk last week and that bird looked more like a dinosaur than any other animals I’ve seen.
You have dinosaurs and plants from different evolutionary time periods here but wouldn’t there also be life on the island from present day? I highly doubt two ecosystems separated by 65 million years would mesh very well. Yes, the DNA gaps are filled by present day species, but still, the genetic makeup here is separated by far too many years. Not to mention what a huge issue disease would be.
Or does Jurassic World function more like a zoo, just on a larger scale? If they’re able to recreate an African savannah at Animal Kingdom in Florida, then why can’t they recreate the Jurassic period? Well the species in present day Africa aren’t extinct, which I guess is a pretty large benefit Disney had in creating their theme park.
5. And finally, how stupid can humans actually be?
Things seemed to be under control in Jurassic World at the start. The park was successful. They mastered keeping the T-Rex contained. They learned to train the raptors. The park was not just functioning but thriving. Everything was working well. That is until the humans wanted more. It’s a simple case of human hubris. They were over confident and thought they could do no wrong. A Classic God-Complex. They thought they were more powerful than nature and could manipulate it. In no way is creating genetic hybrid dinosaurs a good idea. Seriously stupid. I missed Dr. Ian Malcolm in this film. Being the only voice of reason in the original film I’d be interested to hear his thoughts on the actions taken in this film.
I love over analyzing these films and getting into heated discussions. I love talking science in movies. It takes it to another level. Is there anything that really bugs you about the Jurassic Park movies? What are your thoughts on Jurassic World? Let me know in the comments.
– Justine Alyssa