THE REALITY OF LOST WORLDS

I have always been fascinated with the concept of lost worlds that are inhabited by creatures that were thought extinct for millions of years. Stories such as The Lost World, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and King Kong all portrayed such ecosystems. In most stories such as these, the prehistoric inhabitants remained unchanged for millions of years and are essentially the same as they were in the distant past.

However, I disagree with this idea because even if the animals’ ancestors survived mass extinctions, they will continue to evolve unchecked for 65 million years. With this in mind, creatures of a lost world would not be the same beasts we are familiar with. This is prominent with the Skull Island of the 2005 version of King Kong, which feature creatures that resemble the prehistoric animals of the distant past. However, even though they resemble their forebears, these creatures still underwent millions of years of adaptation and evolution.

If a lost world was artificially made like Isla Sorna in Jurassic Park, it is also possible that the island’s inhabitants would not be like their prehistoric templates. Through genetic engineering, scientists can try to recreate dinosaurs, but they realistically would not be like the real thing. That is due to the unpredictable nature of meddling in an organism’s DNA. You never know what you will ultimately get.

Overall, even though the concept of lost worlds is fascinating beyond measure, there is a noticeable flaw in it. There is no doubt that a lost world would be home to prehistoric monsters. However, due to the need to evolve, it is very likely that the inhabitants would not be like the beasts of the distant past. A real lost world would be a place with evolutionary mutations that no one has ever dreamed of.

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