STL Science Center

STL Science Center

03 September 2012

Movie Time

Megalosaurus has been on camera many times, though not as many as Tyrannosaurus Rex and some more popular and better understood theropods. National Geographic did a short piece on Megalosaurus, focusing mainly on how paleontologists once interpreted dinosaurs through looking at the original illustration and reconstructions of what was thought to be the Megalosaurus body.

Megalosaurus was not as large as Tyrannosaurus though, and has since lost major starring roles in many movies including the original King Kong and even the movie Carnosaur, which is based off of a book of the same name where the main "monster" character was actually Megalosaurus. Carnosaur, by the way, is a ridiculously funny movie, though it is trying to be serious and it is not the author or the movie maker's faults really. That movie just had the unfortunate destiny of coming out after Jurassic Park even though the book was written before Jurassic Park the book. Anyway, getting back to Megalosaurus, its biggest starring role to date was on a Jim Henson Productions show which began airing in 1991 and was one of the best sitcoms ever with no human beings on screen (or is it the only sitcom ever with no human beings on screen?).

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