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It's finally happening, Jurassic Park IV is out of development hell and slated for theatrical release June 13th, 2014. Steven Spielberg is going to produce, but as far as I know there's no information on the director or cast yet. I'll be honest, I'd lost hope. I lasted a while, though. But after one too many hoaxes and fruitless public statements, not to mention the deaths of many notable individuals associated with the Jurassic Park franchise, I began to think Jurassic Park was extinct (excuse the lame pun).

So what does the confirmation of Jurassic Park IV mean for the franchise? Enough time has passed to where Jurassic Park IV will inevitably introduce a new generation to the franchise itself and dinosaurs in general. And in ten to fifteen years time there might be a whole new crowd of budding paleontology enthusiasts crediting their life passion to having seen Jurassic Park IV in theaters when they were adolescents. The internet will explode with a revival in the fan community, it will certainly be the dawn of fantastic new Jurassic Park fan communities. And all of that is absolutely fantastic. However, as a 90s kid who grew up with the effects Jurassic Park had on society when the first movie hit theaters in 1993, which are still evident even now nearly twenty years later, I understand how dangerous Jurassic Park IV will potentially be. The first movie was a blockbuster, and revolutionized society's perception of dinosaurs. That being said, twenty years later the paleontology of Jurassic Park is severely outdated and yet society remains grounded in 20th century science because their understanding of dinosaurs and prehistoric life in general is ignorantly restricted to what the media conveys. And everything in popular media since Jurassic Park has to some degree been a reflection of Jurassic Park's now outdated paleontology. Jurassic Park IV will cause the same effect that Jurassic Park did in 1993: it's depiction of dinosaurs will ingrain itself into society and remain so until another dinosaur movie makes it big and overwrites what will by then surely be the "severely outdated paleontology of 2014."

Let's break it down, there are three possibilities. Either Jurassic Park IV will 1) uphold Spielberg continuity by depicting it's dinosaurs the way they were depicted in the first three films, 2) attempt to convey a "revolutionized" understanding of dinosaurs by bullshitting the concept of feathered dinosaurs like Terra Nova did or 3) hire and actually listen to decent consultants and portray truly revolutionary depictions of 99% scientifically accurate dinosaurs. Despite the inevitable canonicity issues, the third possibility would make paleontology enthusiasts like me happy. We're looking forward to the day when we won't have to deal with Jurassic Park-style pseudosaurs anymore. Unfortunately, the second possibility to me seems the most likely. Paleontologist Jack Horner, who consulted for the first three Jurassic Park movies, asserted in a recent interview, "We've learned that dinosaurs were colourful, we've learned that dinosaurs were feathered. We've learned a lot about dinosaur behaviours, we've learned there's a difference in how juveniles look and adults look… Jurassic Park 4 will look very different than Jurassic Park 3." That may sound good initially, but it almost resonates what Jack Horner said about Terra Nova, which he also consulted for. And let's be honest, "Nycoraptor" doesn't cut it for a remotely accurate 21st century representation of dromaeosaurs regardless of it's feathering (spoilertv.co.uk/images/cache/a…).

In one regard, as a [former] Jurassic Park fan I'd prefer it if the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park IV justified the Spielberg continuity. But in another regard, as a paleontological enthusiast I want Jurassic Park IV to have a positive impact on society's contemporary understanding of dinosaurs. It's a coin toss.

-Rick Charles
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AmericanRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is old, but I did a little searching, and it appears Horner wasn't the only one on the JP team who wanted feathered dinosaurs. According to an old article, Stan Winston, before his death, said if he ever got to work on JP4, he'd include feathered raptors.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, I hope they're accurate!
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AmericanRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
By the way, I picked up the source from Dan's JP3 Page:

"Stan Hints at JP4, Again
A few reports coming in from people who watched "Dinosaur Secrets Revealed" on The History Channel tonight: Apparently in the final 15 minutes of the show, Jack Horner and Stan Winston are talking about feathered dinosaurs, and Jack mentions that he wishes the Veliciraptors in JP3 were completely covered in feathers. Stan replies, "In the third JP we didn't go feathered dinosuar just because there didn't seem to be the proper place for it... So in Jurassic Park 4 (holds up four fingers) [happens] -- when we do the feathered dinosaurs -- I'll be happy to put the feathers on." (Thanks TJS, SOCL, and 'jurassiraptor') "
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AmericanRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, that's probably gonna depend on Horner, or the new director...
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Spinozilla97 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm... I mostly agree... But, have you ever considered this possibility:
The first dinosaurs created by InGen were not "true" dinosaurs, which means that they were unlike their prehistoric counterpants. Many gaps in their DNA sequence had been filled with amphibian DNA and genetic material from other reptilian species. As InGen uncovered more DNA it is logical that it would proceed to make a newer version of each dinosaur. This is how the differences between the Nublar and Sorna raptors can be explained("V. nublarensis" and "V. sornaensis").
There is a slight possibility that InGen continued its "dinosaur research" secretely, just like it did on Isla Sorna. There is no evidence to support such a thing, though.
So, here are all the possible plots I've thought in all these years:
:bulletred: Dinosaurs getting off the island(on their own, or maybe even because of wildlife smuggling)
:bulletred: The US military conducting experiments on dinosaurs(creating B.O.W.s)
:bulletred: A rival corporation trying to exploit InGen's dinosaur research or the creatures themselves.
:bulletred: And, finally... extinction(yeah, that's right, people trying to wipe out the dinosaurs)

I'm pretty sure there are many more(and probaly better) possible scenarios for JP4.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't dwell too much in fandom explanation anymore, because it gets messy and contradictory. I'd rather the movies themselves provide the explanations.
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abekowalski Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not fanon, the true Deinonychus exists in the Film Canon: [link]
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What are you getting at?
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abekowalski Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That because the correctly proportioned Deinonychus antirrhopus existed in the films as Velociraptor antirrhopus (because GSPaul taxonomy), that there must've been something that had happened to the dinosaurs that genetically altered them into the public perception of dinosaurs and not how science perceived them.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well yes, and the original novel did explain that pretty well and I accept it as a legitimate explanation. But I'm not concerned with explanations for the outdated/inaccurate dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park canon. What I'm concerned about is whether or not the portrayals in Jurassic Park IV will amend society's perception of dinosaurs for the following generations. Because as we've seen with the first Jurassic park film, such a prestigious franchise has an enormous impact on the cultural understanding of the creatures that only true enthusiasts like us really respect for what they actually were.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually came up with something similar to what TheMorlock said for my JP fanfictions: generation after generation the dinosaurs living on Sorna and Nublar (yeah, in my continuity Nublar still has dinos, oh, and i completely ignore JP3) become more and more similar to their Mesozoic counterparts; on Nublar for example there's Phoenix, a feathered Deinonychus, whose father was one of the raptors whose eggs Grant, Tim and Lex found in the first movie, and... Oh well, maybe someday i'll post the fanfic ;)

Anyway, about this JP4... Well, i just hope they'll take this route, and if not (aka stickin' to the scaly design), at least they'll come out with an interesting and engaging story (no more uber-killer predators chasing lil' humans, PLEEEEEASE!!!), Jurassic Park surely deserves it!
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
if they're not gonna go through with this in the next 20 years, i'm taking the Jurassic Park franchise into my own hands, i'll do a reboot series like they did with Planet of the Apes and start all over with badass feathered dinosaurs
- speaking of which, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was such a huge success, some of the writers are being consulted for the storymaking process, and given that they did well with intelligent creatures, genetic research and deep storytelling, i can imagine they might give the raptors a lot more danger to work with :iconraptorlaplz:
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Ornitholestes1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If accurate dinosaurs were used, the funniest part would be the JP-fanboys trying to fit it into their canon. :)
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T-PEKC Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
There is explanation actually, and it was used to explain the differences between the raptors from the first and the third movie. It easily could be used to explain the appearence of accurate (hopefully!) feathered dinosaurs. The dinosaurs in JP are like computer software. There are different "versions", and proof for this is seen in the scene when Nedry steals the embryos. Each genus was labeled with different version number. Someone may assume that fully feathered raptors were earlier versions, which were later scraped because they didn't fit the late 80's image of a raptor. Wu's team could have easily modified later versions to fit better this image - the JP/// version being second (only few quills instead of heavy plumage) and the JP/TLW version being latest (no quills or feathers at all). There you go, a perfect in-universe explanation for the change of raptor's look. Not that the film makers would bother to explain such a simple concept, even though it won't take more than 20 seconds from the movie.
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Ornitholestes1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, hadn't thought of that.
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Tyrannotitan333 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If it is indeed a sequel, hopefully they will say something like they found more DNA of the creatures and thus they make them more like modern dinosaurs (or they actually use birds instead of frogs - I still don't understand why they even did that).
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godofimagination Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
So they could switch genders.
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Tyrannotitan333 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh thanks for that.
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Trexking Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I'd like to see how they'll handle the Velociraptors. I mean, if they do make it have feathers, they better pull if off because I still want the raptors that scared me when I was younger (but yet always want to see them. Kinda like the Flood in Halo. They are annoying to fight, but I always enjoyed fighting them).
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Funny, I had a dream once, where I was watching Jurassic Park 4, and the raptors looked basically like the JP3 version, except for the red wing and tail feathers, and fur-like feathers covering the rest of their bodies.
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Trexking Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I can imagine that being scary.

Oh, and they better make T. rex king of dinosaurs again.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes. Have the seen the Primal Carnage clip of T. rex owning Spinosaurus?
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Trexking Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Just did and with the exception of the roaring being...loud, it seems to be a more suspenseful than the JP III fight.

Makes me wonder if JP was the inspiration for Primal Carnage.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Do you have to wonder? It's pretty blatant if you ask me.
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Trexking Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I'm sorry, I meant not loud.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
They could easily make the dinosaurs look like real dinosaurs without screwing up the continuity. They could come up with an in-universe technobabble explanation for why the dinosaurs look different. One good explanation I heard was that the original dinosaurs were either genetically engineered to meet people's expectations of what dinosaurs looked like, or they were just so contaminated by reptile or amphibian DNA that they look completely different, but the dinosaur DNA takes over a little with each successive generation. Hence the feathers on the heads of the Jurassic Park 3 raptors.
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
The "dinosaur DNA takes over" explanation is genius and unique. I've heard the "their genome was incomplete and poorly reconstructed" excuse often before, but never your idea. The "showing people what they wanted to see" explanation doesn't quite work because at the time dinosaurs were all thought to be featherless, but perhaps they thought the feathered phenotypes of their first versions were mistakes caused by too many bird genes and specifically replaced those genes with reptile genes. Or they could do what they did in JP3 and just take another baby step towards realism that's slight enough not to require explanation.
Speaking of JP3, they'd better explain what had gone on on Isla Sorna since JP2, with different species having been introduced since the collapse of InGen. I have my own ideas about what was going on (and I'm certain the JP3 creators never even seriously considered the issue) but I hope we get a solid canon storyline that links the four movies.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
There were new species in the second novel as well, and I always got the impression that they were simply never moved to the park for various reasons, like the Spinosaurus may have been too dangerous for example.
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
But both 2 and 3 were on Isla Sorna, so they should have had the same dinosaurs unless more were released in between. Also, you hear a character in JP3 remark that Spinosaurus wasn't on InGen's original list. However, on some maps of Nublar released with the 1st movie there is a Baryonyx habitat set up. Presumably they may have had a Euopean spinosaurid embryo that they were unable to grow into a hatchling for a while, during which time they assumed it was Baryonyx, but they finally got it to develop properly right around the second movie, and by the third movie it was fully grown and turned out to be a European Spinosaurus species.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I see.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an interesting theory.
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