Monday, 23 December 2013

Attenborough's Jurassic Park

Today it was announced the Sir David Attenborough is backing a British project dubbed "Jurassic Park". Because there are no negative connotations with that name. Whatsoever.

The naturalist's brother, actor Richard Attenborough, played the eccentric millionaire Hammond in Spielberg's movie, so David's involvement will bring even more weight. Actually it doesn't sound as dangerous as the concept for the fictional park. It seems the tourist attraction, based in what has been dubbed the Jurassic Coastline because of the plethora of specimens which have been found there, will feature fossils and possibly animatronic dinosaurs. Like a kind of Cretacious West World. Oh, wait a minute...

Joking aside, it would be great to celebrate Britain's contribution to paleontology and I'd love to see a well-though-out visitor centre. I've spent a lot of time in Lyme Regis (home to Mary Anning, who found a famous ichthyosaur specimen in the nineteenth century) and some of the museums look increasingly dated by today's standards. Also, Renzo Piano, designer of the London Shard building, is on the project to and is already concepting a glass domed edifice, which sounds pretty cool.

A photo I took a few years ago of the 'Jurassic Coastline' near to the proposed site of the visitor centre. The constant erosion of the land means new fossil-rich rocks are being constantly exposed, revealing specimens.

One of Lyme Regis' dinosaur museums. Check out the mural on the back wall - it's almost photo-realistic.

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