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#BuildABetterFakeTheropod is a hashtag campaign that calls on the fans of Jurrasic Park franchise and Paleontology enthusiasts to come up with a fictional hybrid dinosaur that is more scientifically accurate and visually appealing than the Indominus Rex as portrayed in the 2015 American science-fiction action-adventure film Jurassic World.
On January 15th, 2015, Scoopla Movies reported on leaked images of Indominus Rex, a hybrid dinosaur that acts as the main antagonist in Jurassic World.
In late January, 2015, the official Jurassic World website released a profile of the dinosaur, complete with a silhouette of the creature. The creature's design received criticism for being too generic despite being promoted as a hybrid dinosaur.
On February 2nd, 2015, Paleo Artist Brian Engh launched the hashtag #buildabetterfaketheropod via his twitter account which aims to encourage other Paleo artists to create a more appealing hybrid dinosaur.
"We've cloned something from a side branch of the #coeleurosaur #dinosaur clade…" #buildabetterfaketheropod pic.twitter.com/AC2bicI78j— Historian Himself (@GreyGriffon) February 2, 2015
Submissions regarding the hashtag project can be found on Twitter, Deviantart, Tumblr, and Facebook.
On June 9th, 2015, Brian Engh posted an article regarding the hashtag on his site, dontmesswithdinosaurs.com. On June 15th, 2015, Zoologist Darren Naish wrote an article for The Scientific American regarding the hashtag project.
On July 2nd, 2015, YouTuber Fred the Dinosaurman uploaded an episode of The Coprolites Podcast wherein they discuss the hashtag project and other fan reviews of Jurassic World. (shown below, left). On July 7th, 2015, Youtuber TREY the Explainer uploaded a video in which he discuss his top 14 favorite dinosaur designs from the hashtag project (shown below, right). Both videos gained over 23,000 and 17,000 views respectively within two weeks.
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 Scoopla Movies – FIRST LOOK: Jurassic World's Indominus Rex Images Leaked
 Jurassic World – Indominus Rex Bio
 Twitter – #buildabetterfaketheropod
 Deviantart – #buildabetterfaketheropod
 Tumblr – #buildabetterfaketheropod
 Facebook – #buildabetterfaketheropod
 dontmesswithdinosaurs.com – #buildabetterfaketheropod
 Scientific American – Jurassic World and the Build a Better Fake Theropod Project
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