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Not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s this new movie out called Jurassic World and it seems to be a wee-bit popular. Like already made a billion dollars worldwide popular! Yes, one billion dollars. Now, it could be that hunky Chris Pratt bringing the people to the theatres, but I kinda think it’s those gigantic prehistoric beasts that are what’s raising movie havoc and making all other films go extinct at the box office. It’s also made a big star (literally) out of our favourite sea creature, which makes a real vs. movie mosasaur comparison seem like a good idea.
Oh, and if you’re wondering “Why is this Manitoba blog even talking about mosasaurs?” Well, it’s because our province is full of ’em! In a land before time, around 80 million years ago, our prairie valleys were a large seaway full of big teethed creatures who were of the kill or be killed sort. Plus, Morden, Manitoba is THE hotbed for mosasaur action right now. Not only do they house the largest mosasaur in the world at their Fossil Discovery Centre, but they encourage regular folk like us to channel our childhood paleontologist dreams and help them excavate prehistoric remains on authentic fossil digs. Seriously cool stuff, people.
So let the fact vs. fiction begin…