Jurassic Park or Cretaceous Park

The original Jurassic Park movie from 1993 could have just as easily been titled Cretaceous Park instead. While some may be aware of this small and minor detail, the vast majority of people who have heard of the film franchise and seen the epic movies, is not aware that the film could have in fact been called Cretaceous Park. When Michael Crichton was busy working on the novel Jurassic Park in the late eighties, he made the timely decision to title the book Jurassic Park instead of Cretaceous Park. Four movies later, the franchise has grossed billions of dollars and is an iconic film that has captivated people of all ages. As it turns out, it seems that the legendary Michael Crichton knew quite a bit more than just how to write cutting edge page turning techno-thrillers. He knew about branding, and picking a name that would stick for generations to come as well as making unparalleled amounts of money. The word “Jurassic” seems to be better understood and creates far superior imagery than the word “Cretaceous” does. In fact, just ask any person on the street if they’ve ever heard of the word “Cretaceous,” and I’m pretty sure that the answer will be no. Consequently the word “Jurassic” has consistently grown in popularity given the continued success of Jurassic Park and the more recent 2015 Jurassic World movie.

The dinosaurs that make an appearance in the Jurassic Park movie are T.Rex, Velociraptor, Dilophosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Gallimimus, Parasaurolophus, and Alamosaurus. Out of these eight dinosaurs featured, Brachiosaurus and Dilophosaurus are the only ones that lived during the Jurassic period. I guess in the end it really doesn’t matter. Jurassic Park stands the test of time and I truly am looking forward to Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom in 2018.

-Michael Esola

Editor-in-Chief/PREHISTORIC MAGAZINE/http://www.PrehistoricMagazine.com

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