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Wow! I can't believe that Jurassic World is only just over a month away! After all these years of waiting, waiting a month is going to be a piece of cake. Being so close to the release of the film is so unreal for me. I'm excited!
I love the flood of new footage we're getting from the film. It's coming so fast, I'm literally having a hard time keeping up to date! In any case, this first clip is from a Barbasol commercial advertising Jurassic World-related merchandise. It doesn't feature much, but it does show Owen and Claire trying to escape a flock of Pteranodon and Dimorphodon.
This next video is the latest TV spot that was just released, and it's awesome! It shows loads of new footage, including a dinosaur never before seen in Jurassic World footage. See if you can spot it:
In case you didn't see it, a new dinosaur has made an appearance in the stampede scene: Parasaurolophus! Parasaurolophus is a Cretaceous hadrosaur with a long crest extending from the back of its head. I'm really glad they decided to keep this dinosaur in the movie because it's already been in the previous three. Why break the trend?
Topic of the Week by Christian Ryan
|The geologic column consists of many rock layers, each with unique sets of animals and plants. How they are interpreted can tell us a lot about the world of our past.|
|Fossils come in many shapes and sizes. This trilobite is a fine example.|
|The history of life on earth as commonly portrayed in evolutionary science textbooks.|
|What types of strange animals and plants would you have seen in the past?|
|The fossil record actually represents various different ecosystems that once existed on earth, most of them before Noah's Flood.|
|Before the Flood, the earth was made up of one supercontinent, called Rodinia.|
|Fossils and coal deposits show that the pre-Flood world was mostly lush and tropical.|
Cambrian Seas (Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian)
|The Cambrian Seas were located near the edges of the pre-Flood continental shelves. Here, a myriad of different animals made their home. (IMAGE CREDITS)|
|Trilobites were some of the most common creatures in the Cambrian seas.|
|Anomalocaris was one of the Cambrian's predators. It had two arms for grasping prey and pulling it toward its mouth.|
If you moved closer and closer toward the land, you would notice a habitat change. In addition to trilobites, you would have also seen strange creatures like the eurypterids, also known as sea scorpions. Sea scorpions are unrelated to modern scorpions, and they lack a stinger. However, they still had a pair of pincers for self defense and the capture of prey. There were many different species of sea scorpions. One of the largest was Pterygotus, which grew eight feet long! Unlike sea scorpions, Brontoscorpio was an aquatic true scorpion. It could grow three feet long and had a stinger the size of a light bulb. These aquatic scorpions (both true and sea scorpions) were probably mainly hunters of fish and aquatic invertebrates.
|Pterygotus (bottom left) was one of the largest of sea scorpions.|
Carboniferous Floating Forest (Devonian, Carboniferous)
|The Carboniferous Floating Forests were large forests that literally floated on top of the ocean!|
|Plant life in the floating forests were lush and provided homes for amphibians, fish and arthropods. (IMAGE CREDITS)|
|Meganeura, a giant dragonfly, was queen of the Carboniferous skies! She had a wingspan of 2 1/2 feet!|
|Dunkleosteus was a large predatory fish that lacked teeth. Instead, it possessed sharp shears that could crunch through tough armored prey!|
|Imagine what it would have been like to see a Dimetrodon basking along the Permian coast at dawn.|
|The pig-like Lystrosaurus was very widespread in the pre-Flood world.|
|On the Permian Sandy Coast, an Inostrancevia is preying upon a herd of Scutosaurus.|
|Plateosaurus would have been one of the largest Triassic herbivores.|
|The Jurassic environment was busting with ferns and conifers, perfect food for a herd of hungry sauropods!|
|Stegosaurus is one of the most recognizable Jurassic dinosaurs, thanks to its four tail spikes and 17 spinal plates.|
|In this picture, we can see several different species of Jurassic dinosaurs, such as the predatory Allosaurus (far left), Camptosaurus (lower left), Ornitholestes (lower right), Stegosaurus (middle right) and the long-necked Apatosaurus (upper right). (PHOTO CREDITS)|
|The Cretaceous Environment featured many plants that we're familiar with today, such as magnolias, swamp cypress, palm trees and many others.|
|Flowering plants were a common sight in the Cretaceous.|
|Triceratops fossils are extremely common in the Hell Creek Formation.|
|Edmontosaurus was a member of the hadrosaur family that roamed the Cretaceous environment in massive herds.|
|Just a few of the many creatures of the Hell Creek Formation: (top left to bottom right) Ankylosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Ornithomimus, Quetzalcoatlus, Triceratops, Acheroraptor, Pachycephalosaurus and Anzu.|
The pre-Flood world was filled with vast and varied habitats, from the Cambrian Seas to the Cretaceous forests. The world God originally created was incredible, just like the world today. As a matter of fact, the pre-Flood world is so different from the present one, that something must have completely reshaped the face of the planet. Again, the Bible gives us the answer.
As beautiful as this pre-Flood world must have been, it was marred...marred with the sinfulness of man. The Bible describes men as only possessing evil in their hearts at all times. Something had to be done. There was only one family left on the planet that still worshiped and obeyed the Lord, and that was Noah's family. So God told Noah to build a huge boat to save him from what was to be the greatest cataclysmic event in the history of life on earth: the Genesis Flood.
|After sin entered the world, dinosaurs, like this Edmontosaurus (top) had to defend themselves from carnivorous theropods.|
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