'Jurassic World' misses an opportunity

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  • "Jurassic World" is released this week
  • Darren Naish: Reboot was incredible chance to do something special

Darren Naish is a vertebrate paleontologist affiliated with the University of Southampton, UK. He blogs for Scientific American and is the author of "The Great Dinosaur Discoveries." You can follow him @TetZoo. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN)More than 20 years have passed since Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" hit the big screen.

I'm a scientist who studies, writes about and excavates dinosaurs, and my friends, colleagues and I love "Jurassic Park." Well, the first of the "Jurassic Park "movies, anyway. So when the announcement came that a fourth movie was due to appear in 2015, our interest was sparked, and expectations were high.
Surely, we thought, this movie -- "Jurassic World" -- would be the "Avatar" of dinosaur movies: a vibrant, spectacular take on dinosaurs as we understand them today, a move away from the mostly brown, wholly scaly dinosaurs of 1993's "Jurassic Park." You know: a reboot.
    Darren Naish
    After all, the early 21st century is the age of fuzzy-coated tyrannosaurs, a time where we have seen a seemingly endless stream of discoveries about feathery little bird-like dinosaurs. We now know that pterosaurs had furry pelts, we've discovered iridescence on dinosaur feathers. We've also found out about bizarre dinosau