Jurassic Park

Factual error: In the early scene where Dennis Nedry meets a man to plan the embryo theft, the subtitle says that they are in San Jose, Costa Rica. However, the sleepy coastal town in the movie bears no resemblance to the real San Jose (a cosmopolitan capital of almost 1 million people, situated 50 miles from either coast). (00:13:10 - 00:14:45)

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Suggested correction: Or maybe it's on the outskirts of town (or some form of body of water connected with the resort), as good a place as any for a clandestine meeting?


Have you been to San Jose? I have - yet to find that lake.

There is one west of the city. There are also quite a few wide rivers the run through the city.

I've been to Costa Rica six times, and San Jose three times. There is no beach with sand and crashing waves anywhere near the city. It's in a completely landlocked province.

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Factual error: When the doctor is showing off the piece of amber that they have gotten the DNA from, there is a problem. The mosquito in the amber is a male, as one can tell by the antennae. Because it is only the female mosquito that feeds on blood, the male should only have nectar in its stomach. To make it worse, in that species of mosquito, Toxirhynchites, both the males AND females are flower feeders, and would therefore have no blood, or dinosaur DNA in their stomachs. (00:25:00)

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Suggested correction: Can we not just assume that the mosquito in Amber in the cane is just symbolic and doesn't necessarily have to be the exact species and gender of the mosquitoes that yielded the dino blood and DNA?


Using the actual mosquito will have more meaning to Hammond than a random one. John is also shown to want only the best.

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I don't know. I would think that a mosquito preserved in Amber containing dinosaur blood would be exceptionally rare and probably not the kind of thing you'd waste on a cane.


Suggested correction: Hammond's company, InGen, did not deal exclusively with dinosaurs. Dr. Ellie Sattler, the paleo-botanist, observed and mentioned that Jurassic Park was also full of ancient and extinct plant life. InGen used the same process to procure vegetable DNA from ancient insects (such as the Toxirhynchites mosquitoes) that fed on vegetable matter. It's the same process.

Charles Austin Miller

Suggested correction: The mosquito in the amber is not one that supplied the DNA for the dinosaurs. We know this because there is no drill hole for the extraction. When the extraction process is shown, a hole several millimetres across is drilled into the amber.

Factual error: In this film, Dilophosaurus is characterized as "one of the earliest carnivores." This is factually off by about 100 million years. The earliest large land carnivore was Dimetrodon (a reptile, not a dinosaur), from about 100 million years before Dilophosaurus. Before that, there were many marine and amphibious carnivores, dating back 300 million years easily.

Charles Austin Miller
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Suggested correction: Since it is a park with dinosaurs, they are referring to it as an early carnivorous dinosaur, not simply a carnivore.

Greg Dwyer

Yet we know Ingen was not limited to experimentation with dinosaurs only. They were bringing back a wide range of plants and animals that even predated the dinosaurs (such as pterodactyls, which were also early carnivorous reptiles, not actual dinosaurs).

Charles Austin Miller

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