Star Warsologies 22: Comic-Con Panel: The Science of Jurassic World


This episode of Star Warsologies is one of our panels from San Diego Comic-Con 2022!

Presenting “The Science of Jurassic World”

Star Warsologies usually focuses on the galaxy far, far away, but for San Diego Comic-Con, we decided to branch out from a long time ago to 65 million years ago with this panel on the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchise, given that the final chapter, Jurassic World Dominion was released earlier this summer. Moderated by podcast host James Floyd, we brought out a group of scientists to talk about the science behind making dinosaurs and having them run amok in our world. Recorded at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, 2022.

Panel description: The Science of Jurassic World – In the Jurassic World movies, the dinosaurs get from the island park to our cities and wilderness. We chat with scientists who are fans of the franchise to explore the real-world science of bringing dinosaurs back to life and letting them loose. We’ll ask the big questions: What do the films get right and wrong about these extinct creatures? What are the technical challenges and ethical considerations of re-creating and genetically tinkering with different species? What is the impact of introducing megafauna into different environments? Once dinos are loose, what rights do they have to survive? Does life really find a way? Our team of scientists include paleontologist Stuart Sumida (technical consultant, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Camp Cretaceous), herpetologist Earyn McGee (“#FindThatLizard”), conservation biologist Sam Wynns, cell and developmental biologist Claire Meaders, paleontologist Gabriel Santos, and geneticist, ecologist, and sci-fi author J. Dianne Dotson (Questrison Saga). Moderated by James Floyd (podcast host, Star Warsologies, regular freelance contributor, Star Wars Insider magazine). July 22, 2022 – 6 pm to 7 pm, Marriott Marquis – Grand Ballroom 12 & 13

Note: Due to illness, Claire Meaders and J. Dianne Dotson were unable to attend the panel.

In Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. It’s a monthly podcast about science and Star Wars!

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Dr. Stuart Sumida on LinkedIn

Dr. Earyn McGee (@Afro_herper) on Twitter and Instagram. Website: Use the hashtag for #FindThatLizard

Sam Wynns (@steambosssammie) on Instagram

Gabriel Santos (@PaleoParadoX) on Twitter and Instagram.

Dr. Claire Meaders on Twitter and Instagram.

J. Dianne Dotson (@jdiannedotson) on Twitter and Instagram.

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