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Spewing Venom And Mingling With Humans, What Movies Get Wrong About Dinosaurs

Jurassic Park at Universal Studios
Marco Becerra
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Much of the public conception of dinosaurs come from Hollywood movies.

Dinosaurs have graced the silver screen since the early 20th century. But depictions of the pre-historic creatures in movies are often comically inaccurate. 

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting a public discussion with movie experts and paleontologists to break down when films have gotten the science of dinosaurs right and wrong.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Marsha Gordon, film studies professor at North Carolina State University, and paleontology experts Elena Schroeter, postdoctoral research scholar at NC State, and Mary Schweitzer, professor of biological sciences at NC State, about how accurate information on the screen can help bridge the gap between scientists and the public.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh is hosting a panel discussion called “Science in the Movies: Dinosaurs and Paleontologists” on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

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Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.