FROM FOSSILS TO FICTION: POP CULTURE DINOS AND WHY WE LOVE THEM
What is it that you dig about dinosaurs?
Bones mostly! Sometimes teeth. But in seriousness I love learning about their biological morphologies, how they walk and eat and defend themselves, and how their physiological characteristics relate to modern-day birds and reptiles.
In your own words, what will you be sharing with us this year?
I will be talking about how accurate (or inaccurate) some famous dino films are, as well as talking about what makes dinosaurs so awe-inspiring.
What makes you an expert on this topic?
I have spent a lot of my life working in local popular culture entertainment, as well as part of my college years working as a museum volunteer, helping with fossil and animal collections and fossil prep, and taking independent study paleontology courses. I’ve been immersed in the good parts of fantasy and the good parts of fact, and those experiences have taught me a lot about both.
What do you hope Phoenix DinoCon attendees will take away from your panel?
Some fun trivia facts, as well as a better appreciation for both the realistic and fantastic portrayal of dinos in films and TV.
Anything else you’d like to add?
“Shark Attack 3: Megalodon” may in fact be the worst film ever made. You’ve been warned.
Warning (and challenge) accepted! Phoenix DinoCon is excited for Melanie to bring some real dinosaur facts to go along with the fiction we all hold so dear. Be sure not to miss her panel on August 2nd 2014 A.D.