Dinosaur Culture

Author: Lemon | Publish time: 2019-03-25 | Views | Share:

In recent years, an upsurge for discovering, protecting and utilizing the dinosaur resources has emerged all over the world. Those districts which are abundant in dinosaur resources have been actively dedicated themselves to this upsurge. They have been excavating the dinosaur resources vigorously and achieving a lot. With the development of this practical activity, people promoted it to the cultural dimension, and put forward the term "dinosaur culture".

What is the "dinosaur culture"?

The dinosaur was the terrestrial animal which lived about 235 million to 65 million years ago and walked upright on their hind legs. They ruled the earth for more than 160 million years and wrote a remarkable chapter in the history of life on earth. Dinosaurs once became one of the most successful species which ever lived on earth. However, the dinosaurs eventually died out in the mass extinction event 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous.

Although the humans have never seen a dinosaur, after the extinction of dinosaur, their skeletons, their life trace had been formed as fossils and reserved after tens of millions of years of the geological actives. These dinosaur fossils spread all over the world and became the object of humans’ study and practice. So dinosaur culture is accurately described as dinosaur’s fossil culture.

dinosaur fossil

How did the “dinosaur culture” develop?

Dinosaur fossils have been found thousands of years ago, but at that time we didn't know what the rocks were at all. Ancient Chinese regarded the dinosaur fossils as the bones of the dragon in Chinese mythology and left relevant records in historical books. For example, dragon bones were once found in Wucheng, Sichuan province, according to 《Huayang Guozhi》, a book written during the period of East Jin Dynasty. In Zhucheng, Shandong province, the local residents had also found stones that look like bones, which they believe came from dragons and have a blood-stopping function and can be used as medicine in traditional Chinese medicine.

In Europe, dinosaur fossils are considered as the remains of mythical giants or large animals before the Great Flood Period. In 1842, The British paleontologist Richard Owen used the Latin word to create a noun for these enormous stones, ‘DINOSAUR’, which with the meaning of ‘terrifying lizard’ in Latin word.

Human beings have found tens of thousands of dinosaur fossils around the world under their unremitting efforts, they also found large-scale and mass-buried dinosaurs’ remains. The United States, Canada, and China are world-famous burial sites of dinosaur fossils.

The study of dinosaurs has lasted for nearly two hundred years. Scientists never lost their enthusiasm for dinosaurs. By learning of the dinosaur fossils, human beings have figured out the origin of dinosaurs, classified dinosaurs by genus, species, and system, and established the subject of dinosaur research. There are more than 800 genera and more than 1,000 species of dinosaurs in the world.

What does the "dinosaur culture" include?

1.Dinosaur Museum

dinosaur skeleton

With the great enrichment of dinosaur research and cultural achievements, human beings transform the dinosaur fossil from ‘research article in the laboratory’ to ‘exhibits in the museum’.

The museum is the earliest and most popular platform to popularize dinosaur knowledge and spread the dinosaur culture.

Now there are hundreds of dinosaur museums in the world. Almost every place where dinosaur fossils are found has built up the dinosaur museums to display the dinosaur fossils and popularize the dinosaur to the public, especially teenagers. The dinosaurs specimens presented in the museums attract nearly millions of tourists every year all over the world.

2. Dinosaur Theme Park

hude animatronic dinosaur puppet

A group of dinosaurs theme park had been established meanwhile. These dinosaur theme park with popular science, sightseeing, entertainment, leisure, scientific research in one, combine the original and modern together, not only popularize the dinosaur culture but also bring fun to teenagers and adults.

3. Dinosaur Movie

dinosaur movie

For humans, dinosaurs are the huge mysterious creatures, which have become one of the main themes of books and animated films.

Since the first animated dinosaur movie Gertie the Dinosaur in 1914, there are hundreds of dinosaur movies been shoot.

Jurassic Park, which was released in 1993, is the most influential dinosaur film in recent years. It gained huge economic benefits and social effects once it was broadcast. It once topped the box office for four years and set off a dinosaur craze around the world.

4.Dinosaur Fossils

digging dinosaur fossil

Dinosaur fossils are important evidence of learning the history of the earth. They are the precious materials of studying the origin of human and development of history.

There are more than 20 tourist attractions of dinosaur fossils in China, which are in the forms of fossil site, museum, theme park and nature reserve.

In addition to the ticket revenue from the exhibition of dinosaur fossils, dinosaur cultural activities and dinosaur theme park, the indirect economic benefits brought by dinosaur culture as a tourism resource are immeasurable and growing. A new industry ‘dinosaur culture industry’ has been formed by the Animation, performing arts and publishing industries, which grafted the dinosaurs and products together.

Many cities are well known for their dinosaur culture as well. We need to awaken more and more distinctive regional cultures in the future so that the dinosaur culture can be known and experienced by more and more people around the world.