The Good Dinosaur Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson loves to debunk the science that goes into science fiction. Recently he’s questioned the science of movies such as Gravity and The Martian, and sometimes he gets a little too carried away with his realistic approach to the world of movies, ruining the fun for the rest of us.

But in the case of The Good Dinosaur, the scientist doesn’t explain why the Pixar Animation movie isn’t realistic simply because it has talking dinosaurs. Instead, he imagines what the world might actually be like if dinosaurs had survived as they have in this new family adventure hitting theaters this week. Watch!

Here’s Neil deGrasse Tyson waxing about The Good Dinosaur for Gizmodo:

In a world where dinosaurs survived, Tyson believes that the mammals that evolved into what we know today as humans may not have become the dominant species of this planet. With predators like dinosaurs roaming Earth and ruling the planet, mammals might have stayed hidden underground so as to avoid being eaten.

But then Tyson goes on a tangent imagining a world where dinosaurs and mammals were on two separate islands and were able to one day meet. That’s not scientifically possible, Neil. How does that feel? Not good, right?

Anyway, regardless of how likely it is that dinosaurs would have stayed the dominant species on the planet, the fact is they didn’t. And that’s why we’re sitting here waiting for the arrival of The Good Dinosaur, so we can imagine how cool it would be for the giant creatures to have lived longer, if only just so we could ride them around.

The Good Dinosaur hits theaters this week on November 25th.

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