Tag Archives: Paleontology

Is It Bad To Enjoy It all? ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

As time goes by, Iโ€™ve become really passionate both about the Jurassic franchise and about paleontology. These are completely different things, obviously. I have to say though, JP/JW absolutely had a major impact in my interest in actual, fact-based natural history.

Of course, Jurassic Park / Jurassic World, the franchise, is almost entirely pure fantasy โ€”even more than I realized as a kid. But finding that out didnโ€™t bother me? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ I love both things (fictional and factual dinosaurs) equally for different reasons. As I participate more in these Twitter communities though, Iโ€™m honestly saddened by the vitriol and the hate towards Jurassic Park / Jurassic World.

I see it mostly come from people seriously into paleontology and natural history, and to me it seems misplaced. Iโ€™m not the only person I know who became interested in the scientific aspect because of โ€œcool monster dinosโ€ as a kid. I dunno.

Expecting the movies to be realistic documentaries seems odd to me. Seeing the infighting / hate makes me sad. Itโ€™s easier to enjoy things for what they are and find common ground as we celebrate what makes us happy and passionate without always taking dunks at what others love.

Some Paleo Books I’m Reading ๐Ÿฆด

Right now I’m reading The Last Days of the Dinosaurs by Riley Black (AKA @Laelaps) and enjoying it immensely! So is my T. rex, in her own wayโ€ฆ

After Iโ€™m done with that wonderful treat, I have Locked In Time in the wings, by Dean R. Lomax (@Dean_R_Lomax) and illustrated by the wonderful Bob Nicholls (AKA @Paleocreations). I canโ€™t wait!

I’ll be sure to share my thoughts when I’m done! ๐Ÿ˜Š