Ok, this is mostly me just trying out crossposting to Fine Structure, but you’ve got to admit a little part of your ten year-old self just died a bit: Researchers studying insects from sub-fossilized fragments of copal, an amber-like resin, extracted remains of stingless bees trapped around 10,000 years ago and attempted to analyze DNA fragments found within. A few very short base pair chains matched parts from an asian bumblebee and some bacteria but nothing significant, the DNA has long since decayed and this is only after a short (geological) time.
It’s one thing to know that there are actors inside some of the raptors in Jurassic Park. It’s quite another thing to see the process of creating the suits and characters themselves. This video and post from Stan Winston school of character arts (who knew!) show the whole behind-the-scenes process for creating the raptor. It’s incredibly fascinating to watch the movements of the actor go from unfamiliar and jerky to something entirely convincing near the end.