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Deinos, Greek for fearfully great; awe-inspiring and sauros meaning a lizard. From these words “Dinosaur” is created. When imagining a dinosaur, do thoughts of a large Tyrannosaurus Rex, a swift Velociraptor, or a gliding Pterodactyl appear? Or are those thoughts composed of an image of a small Compsognathus? Do visions of the dinosaurs that we often saw in our childhood come to mind? The amiable brightly colored friends in cartoons or the fearsome bloodthirsty experiments in movies? Were those dinosaurs portrayed accurately? There are features such as size that was changed to appeal more to popular media and for creativity. The Dilophosaurus is a dinosaur that became popular in the the public due to Michael Crichton’s novel “Jurassic Park”. Dilophosaurus means “Two crested lizard”. It was named this because of the two crests on it’s head.The Dilophosaurus in Jurassic Park, both in the movie and book, has a false depiction of size, abilities that no one can prove, and features which are unlikely.


In “Jurassic Park”, there are a few paleontological mistakes. In both the movie and the book, the Dilophosaurus has the ability to spit venom. It spit it’s venom at it’s prey and killed it, this was it’s method of hunting since it’s jaws were too weak.This feature has no evidence to support it. (It might be a genetic error that was created from adding extra DNA to fill up the gaps.) It is true that the Dilophosaurus has weak jaws but evidence of the poison is unknown. Archaeologist think that instead, the Dilophosaurus fed off of carrion or even hunted small animals and rodents. Archaeologist Bret Bennington states, “ Though its (Dilophosaurus’) bite could have been poisonous due to bacteria developing in rotting meat in ...


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•Dino Dictionary Dilophosaurus:
"DinoDictionary.com::DDinosaurs Page 1."DinoDictionary.com. Arts & Letters Corporation, n.d. Web. 12 Mar 2014. .


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"The Dino Directory-Dilophosaurus." The Dino Directory. The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London. Web. 12 Mar 2014. .

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"Jurassic.Park.pdf." Google Documents. Google. Web. 20 Mar 2014. .




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