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Jurassic Park and its sequels -- including 2015's record-breaking Jurassic World -- have been putting people in movie theater seats since the original film debuted in 1993. The premise of Jurassic Park is that a billionaire and a team of geneticists could clone long-extinct dinosaurs. Although they are science-fiction, the Jurassic Park films may have influenced the results of a 2008 Harris poll and a 2015 YouGov poll. Both surveys found that roughly 40% of Americans believe that humans and dinosaurs co-existed on Earth.
Both surveys probed American beliefs related to biblical creationism, evolution, evolutionary biology and general science knowledge. The 2015 YouGov poll also found that only 54% of respondents knew that the basis of the movies -- the ability to clone DNA from fossils -- is not currently feasible.
Fact and fiction about dinosaurs on Earth:
It is astonishing that such a high percentage of the American public are so profoundly misinformed.
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