On a summer evening in 1993, Professor John Ostrom, a paleontologist at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, had a chance to see one of his discoveries spring to life.
“Jurassic Park,” Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestselling novel, was setting box-office records. Both the filmmaker and the novelist had consulted Ostrom. The tale’s primary dinosaur antagonists, the vicious Velociraptors, were based on Deinonychus — a Cretaceous predator whose fossilized remains Ostrom discovered in Montana in 1964. (more…)