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Terrible lizards is a podcast about dinosaurs with Dr David Hone and Iszi Lawrence. The podcast is aimed at grown ups but it is clean, so kids can enjoy it too.

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Feb 17, 2021

Let’s be honest, we’ve done quite well to have held off until half way through the third series before tackling this one, but there’s been a Brachiosaurus in the room since the start of Terrible Lizards and it is very much Jurassic Park-shaped.

There’s no point dissecting all the details about the film and its depiction of dinosaurs (though we look at a few) but we focus on its appearance at the time and the effect it had on shaping the public’s perceptions of dinosaurs (for better and worse) and what that means for science educators. We also talk about other contemporary films and how things translated from books to screen and the difficulty of dealing with the blend of science and fiction.

Our guest this week is author, actor and screenwriter Emma Kennedy who wants to know just how (un)likely it is we could resurrect dinosaurs.

 

Links:

Emma Kennedy - https://www.emmakennedy.co.uk/ you can preorder her book Never Ending Summer now! Also her lego is amaze.

An old blog post by Dave on the problem of people assuming Jurassic Park is accurate: https://archosaurmusings.wordpress.com/2008/07/06/everything-people-ask-me-about-dinosaurs-they-learned-from-jurassic-park/

 

An article Dave wrote for the Telegraph years ago on the science of Jurassic Park and cloning: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/jurassic-world/truth-facts-science/