When you settle into your seat next week to witness the thundering dinosaurs on display in J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, don't expect them to be sporting any fancy feathered plumage.
Over the last two and a half decades, the idea of land-bound feathered dinosaurs has become widely accepted among paleontologists due to a multitude of discovered fossils that display bird-like characteristics.
However, while scientists conclude that modern birds are living dinosaurs, the debate rages on as to which came first: the dinosaur or the bird. Is this the result of convergent evolution or simply a misinterpretation of inspected fossil?
SYFY WIRE visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and sat down with respected paleontologist and molecular geneticist Mark Norell to get the full scoop on just what all the confusion is about non-avian dinosaurs of the period depicted in the times of Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Watch as Norell explains why scientists now recognize that the ancestor of all dinosaurs was feathered, tells us which dinosaurs might have evolved into birds, which ones might be trainable as portrayed in the Hollywood movies, and paints us a bright and colorful picture of exactly what life might have looked like 100 million years ago.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stomps into theaters to devour the worldwide box office on June 22.