Feathered dinosaurs by John Conway

Hollywood may be lagging behind on this, but it's becoming increasingly apparent that dinosaurs were a lot more like birds than we previously thought. Recent discoveries suggest that many of them were in fact feathered (this article from Living Bird tells you everything you need to know); it's unlikely they were the big scaly lizards you grew up with. John Conway is one of several illustrators playing catch up with this paleontological revelation, revising our idea of what dinosaurs may have looked like. It's incredible what a difference this detail makes to our perception of dinosaurs and birds – the image of a velociraptor preening its feathers is particularly striking. Time for a CGI-corrected version of Jurassic Park perhaps?

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Jurassic Park and effective restraint

With Jurassic World fast approaching, the Onion AV Club has looked back at the original film, with an interesting article comparing Jurassic Park the book to Jurassic Park the movie. It argues that the latter succeeded because it shifted the focus from the adults to the kids, both on the screen and in the audience. Basically, fewer spilled intestines. 

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