January 3, 2014

Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs - not in my list of things to do this year, but will sure watch this new film from 20th Century Fox.

What do you know about dinosaurs? They are big. That's it. Here are some facts about dinosaurs:

  •  Your nose will be thankful you don’t live in the Late Jurassic Period: A single Diplodocus fart would have produced enough gas to fill a hot air balloon.
  •   Some members of a pterosaur group called the azhdarchids would have had jaws up to 2.5 meters long. Although they had no teeth, their jaw size is more than enough to swallow a child whole.
  •  Some azhdarchid pterosaurs were the size of a small plane.
  •  Coprolites (fossilised poop) belonging to Tyrannosaurus rex (a relative of Gorgosaurus) have been found measuring 2 liters (3.5 pints) in volume – the size of a big bottle of your favorite fizzy drink.
  •   Some of the more out-there theories explaining the dinosaurs’ extinction include that they all became blind due to cataracts caused by the hot, sunny climate and a plague of caterpillars that ate all the vegetation. 
  •  Another Late Jurassic dinosaur, Stegosaurus, had a brain the size of a kitten’s (even though its body weighed more than 2700 kittens).
  •  Ankylosaurs were plant-eaters. They probably consumed the equivalent of over 700 carrots per day, in the form of low growing plants like ferns, cycads and perhaps even flowering plants, which were diversifying during the Cretaceous period.
  •  The film’s fine-feathered hero Alex belongs to a group of toothed birds that lived alongside the dinosaurs. The birds we know today have lost their teeth. However, scientists have successfully made chickens grow teeth just like Alex’s in laboratory experiments. This suggests the genes that code for teeth are still hidden away in the DNA of living birds!
  •  Chirostenotes had no teeth. Instead it had a beak and an elongated second finger, which some scientists believe was used to probe crevices for grubs and armored amphibians.
  •   Some scientists once believed that Edmontosaurus could hop like a kangaroo. The discovery of more complete skeletons shows this view to be incorrect.
  •  Scientists have identified a fossil of Edmontosaurus skin that is preserved so intricately that you can see a scar.
  •  Gorgosaurus teeth were banana shaped but serrated like a carving knife – perfect for sawing into flesh.
  •  Dinosaurs could grow brain tumors! One Gorgosaurus fossil has been uncovered with a spongy mass in its skull cavity. This would have made the animal a bit wobbly and accident prone when it was alive.

The most amazing dinosaur experience of all time will happen only on the big screen as we see dino Patchi take center stage during the Late Cretaceous era in "Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie."  In the last 15 years since the movie was being made, dinosaur remains have been discovered from every continent, proving that these giant creatures thrived on every continent in the Mesozoic era. The remains of old and young alike suggests that the massive death were believed to be caused by catastrophic occurrences such as volcanic eruptions, diseases, climate change or heavenly bodies that struck the earth millions of years ago.  

Dinosaur remains have been found on all continents and in all environments across the prehistoric globe.    The Troodons found in Alaska which will be seen in the movie had large eyes and were much bigger than other troodon species elsewhere in the world. Their large eyes gave them an advantage in the polar dark winter, which allowed them to become the most successful predator there, and so they gradually got bigger.

                Informed of these recent paleontological findings, “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” brings to life newly discovered dinosaurs in a unique and highly authentic way. Directors Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook have re-created one of the last great dinosaur eras in stunning detail, bringing to life on screen a world filled with fascinating creatures such as Pterosaurs, gigantic flying reptiles that once soared through Earth’s skies and Edmontosaurus, huge duck billed dinosaurs that could only be done justice on the big screen.

                Using cutting edge technology, the filmmakers brought paleontologists together with world-class animators and paleo-artists to bring incredible life-like dinosaurs into theatres as they’ve never been captured before.

                Set in Alaska about four million years before the Tyrannosaurus Rex, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS is a rousing, compelling adventure full of humor and heartwarming moments as you see our hero Patchi draw on all of his courage, optimism and tenacity, risking his life for his loved ones and finding the inner strength he needs to survive.

                As we follow his epic journey we meet a cast of colorful characters.  There’s Alex (an Alexornis), a colorful and gregarious bird, who likes to hold court. Scowler, Patchi’s ambitious older brother intent on becoming the leader of the herd and Juniper, a feisty female Pachyrhinosaurus who is swept into the adventure.

                For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.  “Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie” is the ultimate immersive big-screen experience that will introduce new and unique dinosaurs that are more real than ever before.  

                Walk with the dinosaurs on January 8, 2014 in this thrilling and epic prehistoric adventure, where an underdog dinosaur triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.