Friday, September 29, 2006

B-Movie Monsters

A great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon is watching science fiction B-movies. King Kong, Godzilla, people shrunk to the size of a cell, attacking squids, recreated dinosaurs and other beasts are typical B-movie fare. But are such creatures biologically possible or even plausible?

Michael LaBarbera, a Professor in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago takes a closer look in his analysis of the Biology of B-Movie Monsters. His presentation is fairly non-technical, and should be of interest to both science fiction writers and movie lovers.

Next time you watch a monster movie, whether produced by Hollywood in the 1950s or by the SciFi channel, the information in this essay should allow you to judge the monsters with a critical eye.

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