Avatar is a biologist’s dream?

New York Times Science writer, Carol Kaesuk Yoon, argues in an essay in today’s New York Times Science Times that the blockbuster movie Avatar is a “biologist’s dream.”

She says:

Mr. Cameron somehow has the audience seeing organisms in the tropical-forest-gone-mad of the planet Pandora just the way a biologist sees them.

I haven’t seen the movie yet so I can’t comment on her argument – though I’d like to believe that what she says is true. It sure would make me want to see the movie. 

Here’s a link to her article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/science/19essay.html

And here’s a link to the Reading Odyssey’s Darwin Facebook Project where I also posted the article:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=53320310123 

Those of you who have seen Avatar and have some training in biology, what do you think?

Phil 

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