What Jurassic Park and Child Development Have in Common

2 min readSep 6, 2018
Paleontologist Jack Horner, real-life inspiration for Jurassic Park’s Alan Grant, and consultant to Dino Digger

Jurassic World: A Fallen Kingdom has become a roaring hit in the box office by feeding our inner thrill seeker. But what if it was possible to bring prehistoric dinosaurs into your living room? Or better yet, what if transporting them into your home could also encourage child brain development?

Famous Paleontologist Jack Horner, real-life inspiration of Alan Grant in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, and discoverer of the Maiasaura dinosaur, finds that it can be made easy.

Dino Digger, Available on the MERGE Miniverse

Horner is the scientist and creative content consultant who worked closely with developers to make Dino Digger; an app that utilizes the MERGE Cube to allow users to learn to dig for dinosaurs like scientists do. The app gives students a global adventure, and also encourages intellectual curiosity by disguising education with play. Like hiding vegetables in your kids meals!

In fact, according to an article published by the APA (American Psychological Association), researchers said, “…specific types of video games seem to enhance a suite of cognitive functions, some of which appear to generalize to real-world contexts.” Concluding that the act of learning and gaming can be synonymous.

Augmented and virtual reality technologies offer the perfect marriage of the physical and digital worlds which not only creates new realms for play, but also new potentials for learning and growth. Get great insight into combining the world of AR and physical reality by exploring the newest release of Dino Digger that can be found on the MERGE Miniverse!




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