according to the TV movie - DINOTOPIA



compiled by Dee Finney


Where is DINOTOPIA?  

Nobody knew until the discovery of the SUNSTONE mine. It has to be in the Yucatan area according to the clues given in the film.

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1 - One raindrop raises the sea.

2 - Survival of all or none

3 - Weapons are enemies, even to their owners

4 -  Give more - take less

5  - Others first - self last

6 -  Observe, listen and learn

7 -  Do one thing at a time

8 - Sing every day

9 - Exercise imagination

10 - Eat to live, don't live to eat



Sunstones are the source of power and safety.

I must be calm in a crisis if I expect to inspire others

Dinotopians are vegetarians. They eat only fruits and vegetables.

Violence is looked down upon in Dinotopia.  Humans are guests there. Dinosaurs feel pride in their strength. 

One can learn a lot from a Brachiosaurus - like humility.  The Brachiosaurus are used to pull the overland 'buses' and to pull ploughs. They do this by choice, not because the have to.

Everything on earth has the same heartbeat if you listen!

In Dinotopia, the world globe looks like the ancient Pangea where Europe is connected to America

Thousands of shipwrecked sailors found their way to the shores of Dinotopia. It is a land of harmony and fulfillment.


Dryosaurier were used for individual transportation.

All new Dinotopians are paired with a Saurian - a dinosaur of some type. They go through a ceremony - like a marriage. a spiritual partnering. All dinosaurs hold equal status with humans, including in the government. Humans and Saurians communicate, some with English language, some with sounds and feelings.  

The tall bird, Stenosaurus,  Saurians can speak as many as 17 languages. All humans are taught to read, write, and speak the Saurian language as well. Zippo is a 6-foot tall green "Stenosaurus," based on a Stenonychosaurus or Troodon. (The picture on right is for size comparison) 

The Dinotopian way is the 'reasoned' way

A good mind is a calm mind

Dinotopia is a Utopia where everyone lives in harmony

When a regular person says, "Breathe free" you respond "Seek Peace"

If you are in the flying forces and someone says "Breathe free" you respond "Fly high!"

'The World Beneath' is the mythological(?) place where the dinosaurs found sanctuary at the dawn of time. This is also where the sunstones originate. There is a code that says that the sacred space of the carnivores in the 'World Beneath' cannot be violated. The "World Beneath" was occupied at first by the dinosaurs, and then later by human cultures. The "World Beneath runs under the entire length and breadth of Dinotopia, at least 200 miles.

There is a temple named Kura, which has 3 entrances, one of which is under the ocean, one at the bottom of a well in Waterfall City, and one in the forest. The temple itself is on top of a very high hill.

How can you want anything other than your destiny?  How do you find your destiny?  You don't - it finds you!

There are 361 steps up to the sunstone in the 'lighthouse' in Waterfall city.

The main sunstone empowers all the other sunstones when dusk comes. The sunstone cave must be in the Yucatan because the sunstone is the crystallized meteor that hit the earth and wiped out all the dinosaurs that stayed above the earth at the time.

The corbelled arch of the temple is strictly Mayan in construction.

The Dinosaurs has a course book titled, "The Care and Teaching of Humans"

A Dinosaur/Human (half saurian, half human) named OgFaar ruled over the underground land of "The World Beneath".   He was the founder of Poseidous, and carried a trident staff.

The Stone carving looks much like those in Zechariah Sitchin's books.

It is said that the entrances to the "World Beneath" are guarded by carnivores.  (Crocodiles)

All the written communications are done in a language that looks like 3-toed bird dinosaurs

The graduation question in the school system is, "How are we to live?"

The Dinotopian Earth farm is 7,000 acres, it is a working community with fields, and a hatchery. It provides half of the food for Waterfall City which is the nearest city. The hatchery is where Dinosaur orphan eggs are hatched.

The matriarch of the Earth farm says that people need to learn to be closer to the earth.

In Canyon City, where the Skybax Corps are trained. (airforce) there are 4,200  Dinotopian people living and working there and only 12 new Skybax are selected each year.  The new Skybax are trained, but selected by the 'bird' who will carry them. If a 'bird' (The 'good' Pteranodons), doesn't select them to ride them, because they sense fear in your heart, they do not graduate from the course and are dismissed from the Corps.

In the canyon where the training is done, there is a series of tall, thin statues of people called 'Sentinel's.  Each one holds a sunstone in its hands, which lights up during the night. Above them is the sky world of  the Skybax, and below them is ruled by the Pteranodons (the nasty black birds). The canyon is 6,000 feet deep. Since the Pteranodons split in past history, they have not been able to communicate with them, and the 'bad' Pteranodons have been becoming more and more hostile and violent and aggressive.

CLUE: The nasty Pteranodons don't like the 'light'.

You must face your fear if you are to overcome it. Fear is the future. There is no fear in the present. The present is only action and reaction.

Dinotopians must go where the 'current' takes them!  (Go with the flow!)









Pteranodons in Detail

Pteranodons were flying reptiles (pterosaurs) that were about 6 feet (1.8 m) long, had a 25-33 foot (7.8-10 m) wingspread, and weighed about 35 pounds; its standing height was about 6 feet (1.8 m). This wing-span is longer than any known bird. Pteranodons had hollow bones, were lightly built, had almost no tail, and small bodies; they may have had fur. They had large brains and good eyesight. Some pteranodons had long, light-weight, bony crests on their heads that may have acted as a rudder or stabilizer when flying, or may have been a sexual characteristic. They had no teeth. Pteranodon wings were covered by a leathery membrane. This thin but tough membrane stretched between its body, the top of its legs and its elongated fourth fingers, forming the structure of the wing. Claws protruded from the other fingers. 

Pteranodons were reptiles, but not dinosaurs. By definition, all dinosaurs were diapsid reptiles with an upright stance. Pterosaurs probably had a semi-upright stance. There is a small minority of paleontologists who think that the pterosaurs' stance could have been upright and that pterosaurs should therefore be included in the clade of dinosaurs (being derived theropods). Either way, dinosaurs and pterosaurs are certainly closely related. 

More Details: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/dinos/Pteranodon.shtml

Brachiosaurus in Detail:

Height: 50 feet (15.2 meters) Length: 100 feet (30.5 meters) Weight: 120,000 lbs (54,432 kg) Period: Late Jurassic 

Brachiosaurus is one of the largest known land animals, based on a complete skeleton found in Tanzania. Each neck vertebra was more than 3 feet (1 meter) long. Its large nostrils were located on top of its head, which caused speculation that Brachiosaurus might have spent time submerged in water. However, recent studies have shown that a creature as large as Brachiosaurus could not have inhaled and inflated its lungs against the water pressure at depths of total submergence. Its front legs were longer than its rear legs and it stood 24 feet (7.3 meters) at the shoulder. It had small narrow feet for its size and the first digit of the front foot had a claw as did the first three digits of the hind foot. The function of the claws is unknown though they may have been used for raking plants or in self defense. 

Further Evidence of the Affinity between the Dinosaurian Reptiles and Birds

Dryosaurier in Detail:

Dryosauridae indet. 
A seeming leg bone made of whale gap comes from a plant-corrosive genuine dinosaur, a Dryosaurier. These
were fast runners and possibly lived in herds. Kadaver of  such Landsaurier were rinsed with the rivers at that time as well as driving woods into the sea basin. Since the water corpses drove finally some time and the skeleton
disintegrated into individual bones, no whole skeletons in the Ornaten clay/tone, but only such coincidence finds are to be expected. Dryosaurus altus 

With narrow eyes, stiff tail and a swift runner, oak reptile or Dryosaurus was a late Jurassic, biped plant eater and lived 170 million years ago. Dryosaurus being two-legged, it could be possible that it was a fast runner and it is also believed that it ran in herds if followed by hungry meat eaters. Dryosaurus had long arms and long hands with five fingers helping it in grasping leaves and plants. It had a nice beak and possibly large cheeks helping it to hold food in place while chewing. It also had many grinding teeth far back in its mouth.

Dryosaurus was even more advanced than other of its family; it was a larger one of its family. It could grow up to a length of 4 metres (13.3 feet) and weigh almost 2 tons. Some fossils of Dryosaurus found in Romania suggest that Dryosaurus roamed about in herds in plains of Romania and other such European places.

Order: Ornithischia 
Sub order: Ornithopoda
Family: Dryosauridae. 

Stenonychosaurus in Detail:

Stenonychosaurus, was according to paleontologists remarkably hominoid in appearance. It was less than 3 m long, and weighed only 45 kg. It was a biped, and could rotate its lower arm to grasp objects with a three-fingered hand. The eyes were enormous, surpassing in size those of most modern land animals. The brain was much larger than in  living reptiles and approached that of some living birds and mammals in relative size. Stenonychosaurus dinosaurs, which probably fed on primitive mammals, embody a widespread tendency for the brain to increase in size through the history of life. It had possibly greyish-green skin and three-digit clawed fingers with a partially-opposable 'thumb'. Stenonychosaurus had large eyes, slender flexible fingers, and a light body. The brain was probably concerned mainly with its highly developed senses, fine control of its limbs, and fast reflexes, which were used in hunting small and elusive prey. 



The Sunstone: 

The sunstone unfortunately does not look like the one in the movie. Here is what they really look like. 

Background on Sunstone
Sunstone is a species of feldspar called "oligoclase" or known sometimes in the jewelry industry as "adventurine feldspar". It gets is shiller in the same way that labradorite does, but the background color is brown to orange to red. In addition, sunstone contains small hematite crystals that give it additional sparkle. The sparkle is known as aventuresence 

Oregon Sunstone 
Sunstone is the State Gem of Oregon, which is a prime source for this beautiful Gem. Cleaner Red sunstone is MUCH, MUCH rarer and commands true Gemstone prices! It is a rare and sought after collector's item. Oregon Sunstone differs from sunstones found in other worldwide locales in color, a strong pleochroism, and a glittering Schiller effect created by pure native copper. In fact, the presence of these bright inclusions was the reason for naming it Sunstone or Heliolite, from the Greek helios for sun and lithos for stone. 

Mining and use of Sunstone 
Oregon sunstones are mined from the surface from partially decomposed rock with a pick and shovel. Shallow pits are dug to retrieve the rough. Unweathered deposits release rough only by blasting and tunneling which often shatters the sunstone rough. The mining season averages approximately six months. In addition to the United States, India, Canada, South Norway and Russia are sources of sunstone. The Indian material is a medium dark orange, which is very attractive. Much sunstone is metallic in appearance due to reflective inclusions of red, orange or green crystals. A relatively soft stone, Sunstone ranges from 6-6½ on the MOHS scale. It is
popular as an ornamental stone and as well as a gemstone for use in jewelry. Sunstone is not enhanced.