Seems as if the famous franchise takes one step forward and two steps back…

Feathered dinosaurs will finally make an appearance in the Jurassic Park franchise / Photo posted by Colin Trevorrow on Twitter

Moviegoers in more than 40 countries across the globe will have the chance to watch a special extended preview of Jurassic World: Dominion ahead of every IMAX screening of Fast and the Furious 9. What is exciting about the five-minute-long preview is that it will — for the first time — feature dinosaurs with feathers on the silver screen.

While the decision to include feathered dinosaurs in the upcoming film received a lot of positive reactions, those who are fond of scientific accuracy have also reasons to feel a bit disappointed.

The good news…


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The feathered predators with the sickle-shaped claws…

Dromaeosaurus in Canadian Museum of Nature / shankar s / Wikimedia Commons

Mesozoic Quick Fact Series aims to provide interesting facts about various groups of extinct animals in a fun and readable way. We will focus on the highlights, so you don’t need to read extensive, time-consuming texts!

In this article, we will take a quick overview of the Dromaeosauridae, the group of feathered theropods known in popular culture as ‘raptors’ thanks to their bird-like appearance and speculated bird-like behavior.

Let’s jump right through!

Starting with the basics…


Australotitan is among the largest dinosaurs to have ever existed worldwide...

Australotitan /Eromanga Natural History Museum / Source: Vimeo

Paleontologists from the Queensland and Eromanga Natural History Museum discovered a new species of a long-necked dinosaur in southwest Queensland that has been officially recognized as the largest ever found in Australia and among the biggest in the world.

The name of the new dinosaur accurately reflects its enormous size: Australotitan cooperensis meaning the “titan of the south”. The specific name cooperensis refers to Cooper Creek, the area near the town of Eromanga in western Queensland where the fossils were originally discovered in 2007.

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You won’t believe the creatures that gave rise to your favorite dinosaurs…

A pair of Guanlong roaming through a Late Jurassic forest of China. This creature is the oldest ancestor of the mighty Tyrannosaurus / ABelov2014 / Wikimedia Commons

Dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Brontosaurus are trademark icons of prehistory. Yet, these animals evolved from descendants far less impressive than themselves. Most of these humble ancestors were pretty unremarkable animals and showed little sign of the bright evolutionary future their successors would have.

This text will introduce you to the ancestral animals that led to the evolution of some of the world’s most recognizable dinosaur genera: Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, and Brontosaurus.

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It was the first time we saw dinosaurs that were so lifelike on the big screen…

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I may have just been a few months old when Jurassic Park was originally released into theaters on June 11, 1993, but the movie endured to have a huge impact on me as a child as well as on Hollywood and the film industry.

Steven Spielberg’s movie was a triumph of science fiction, suspenseful filmmaking, and storytelling that captivated millions around the world with its perfect mix of spectacle and substance.

And even though it’s been more than a quarter of a century since the film debuted in theaters, the terrifying scenes featuring the monstrous T.rex …


The depiction of Spinosaurus has changed a lot through the years…

Spinosaurus skull / Kabacchi / Wikimedia Commons

Spinosaurus is often regarded as the largest predatory dinosaur that ever existed. It is also one of the most bizarre-looking.

This aberrant creature looked nothing like Tyrannosaurus rex and the rest of the giant theropods. For one, it had a skull similar to that of a modern crocodilian and bore straight conical teeth with no serrations. It also had a pair of robust forelimbs bearing three-fingered hands, with an enlarged claw on the first digit. Its most prominent feature, though, was its tall neural spines, some of which grew to at least 1.65 meters (5.4 …


Explore exciting stories from May…

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Dear followers,

To help you keep track of the latest stories published in Tales of Prehistory, we’ve decided to set a monthly review. In May we added three new stories to the publication. All of them were chosen for further distribution on the platform.

We’ve also included a special featured story at the end of this article. Featured stories are articles published long ago that once again become available for those who may have accidentally missed them.

Enjoy your reading!

May Stories

1. Supercharged King: How T.rex Grew Faster Than Any Other Giant Theropod


A new species of a giant saber-toothed cat once terrorized North America…

Size comparison between Machairodus giganteus and the common house cat, Felis catus / Coluberssymbol / Wikimedia Commons

Several fascinating paleontological discoveries are taking place each month. Scientists working in the field publish numerous studies, describe new prehistoric species, and propose exciting theories about the biology and behavior of many extinct animals.

This article will do a quick recap of the most important paleontological discoveries and updates from May 2021.

Before that, be sure to check the most memorable ones from April below:

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The dinosaur that hunted in the dark

The study which was published in the journal Science showed that…

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