The highly anticipated 4th franchise of the Jurassic Park series has just managed to further alienate a bunch of dinosaur enthusiasts around the world. The Hollywood choice of displaying featherless (and thus inaccurate according to modern scientific standards) retrograde theropods and an overly oversized mosasaur for need of sensationalism are one thing but using artworks from independent artists without proper attributions or compensation is another (this is called “art theft” I believe).
It all started with renowned paleoartist Brian Choo noticing some oddly familiar silhouettes including his own Minmi in one of the photo stills released by Legendary Pictures (www.deviantart.com/journal/Hmm…). This was immediately followed by overwhelming outrage among paleoartists on social medias. You can read more about that latest screw-up from the major movie company on Matt Martyniuk’s Dinogoss (dinogoss.blogspot.com/2014/11/…), Glendon Mellow’s piece on Symbiartic (blogs.scientificamerican.com/s… ) and on Krank.ie (www.krank.ie/category/sci/jura… ).