After three feature films, you’d have to be an actual paleontologist to keep track of all the different dinosaurs that have appeared in the Jurassic Park franchise. With the upcoming sequel promising to introduce dinosaurs that are completely new to the series, now would be a good time to brush up on your “Dino-knowledge” with this guide to the dinosaurs of Jurassic World.
Nicknamed the “Fused Lizard,” paleontologists have also called Ankylosaurus a “Living Tank.” This Western North American herbivorous dinosaur is well protected with spiky armor from the fused bones of its skull down to the rounded club at the end of its tail. It’s 30 feet in length, weighs 6 tons, and originally lived 66-68 million years ago.
Often referred to as the “Heavy Claw,” Baryonyx is one of the largest fish-eating dinosaurs. Belonging to the river deltas of Europe, its crocodile-like and dangerous claws made it a master hunter. This dangerous dinosaur weighs 2 tons and is approximately 30 feet long.
With a name that means “two-form tooth,” Dimorphodon is one of Jurassic World’s pterosaurs, or flying reptiles. It evolved to soar through the skies, with large eyes, quick jaws and sharp talons perfect for catching fish or other prey.
Edmontosaurus, or “Edmonton Lizard” as it is also known, is a flat-headed duck-billed dinosaur. Once threatened by the T. Rex, it loves hanging out in herds and munching on fruits and vegetables. Originally found in North America, it is 35 feet in length and weighs 4 tons.
With a name meaning “Chicken Mimic,” Gallimimus might at first look like a big ostrich with claws and a tail, but these Cretaceous dinosaurs do share similarities with their modern day cousins. They can run at up to speeds of 30 mph but mostly like to hang out in flocks and dine on the soft vegetation throughout the park’s Gallimimus Valley.
Designed from the DNA of Giganotosaurus, Rugops, Majungasaurus, and Carnotaurus, Indominus Rex is a completely new hybrid dinosaur that was created exclusively for the infamous amusement park. The Masrani Global Corporation, which owns Jurassic World, created the new species to be their latest attraction. However, it could become the park’s worst nightmare if it ever manages to escape.
Described as a “Moderately-Spined Lizard,” Metriacanthosaurus is a flat-footed carnosaur named for its distinctively spined vertebrae. It is 26 feet in length, weighs 1 ton, and has been known to feed on other dinosaurs.
This creature may be the smallest dinosaur in Jurassic World. They have short beak-shape mouths that are perfect for snapping off leaves and twigs. They are 2.5 feet in length and weigh about 14 lbs.
With a name meaning “Meuse River Lizard,” Mosasaurus once ruled the Cretaceous seas. An immense seagoing lizard, and not an actual dinosaur, Mosasaurus can use its fearsome array of teeth to catch fish, birds, and other marine reptiles, even great white sharks. It also has a second set of teeth in its upper palate that ensures any prey sliding down its throat will not be able to escape. This creature weighs 5 tons and is about 60 feet in length.
Nicknamed the “Thick-Headed Lizard,” Pachycephalosaurus is instantly recognizable for its incredibly thick skull, which can be up to 10 inches thick. Though small knobs cover its snout and skull, it only eats fruit and seeds.
The Pteranodon is the biggest flying reptile in Jurassic World. With a wider wingspan than any known bird, its primarily a fish eater and can be very aggressive. It is also known as the “Toothless Wing,” features a wingspan over 20 feet and weighs 70 lbs.
This is one of the most elaborately ornamented dinosaurs in all of Jurassic World. This herbivore is decked with 17 broad bony plates from its neck down its back, with the tip of its tail bearing four long spikes. When threatened, Stegosaurus will run its head back to look over its shoulder, to better aim the swing of its tail. Sometimes referred to as the “Roofed Lizard,” it is 30 feet in length and weighs over 5 tons.
This dinosaur is known for the distinctive sail on its lower back and the huge, foot-long claws on each thumb that it uses to catch fish. Also known as the “Crocodile Mimic,” it weighs 3 tons and is 35 feet in length.
Also known as the “Three-Horned Face,” Triceratops is the largest horned dinosaur. As babies, Triceratops hatch out of eggs the size of a cantaloupe and have to grow their horns. The short horn on its nose, long horns over its eyes, and solid frill are formidable defense against predators. At 30 feet in length and weighing 10 tons, these dinosaurs eat mostly low-growing plants.
This dinosaur is one of the largest carnivores to ever stalk the planet. Tyrannosaurus fossils have shown tooth marks that could only have been made by their own kind, so you could possibly see them fight each other in Jurassic World. The “Tyrant Lizard” reaches 40 feet in length and weighs in at over 9 tons.
This creature, also known as the “Swift Thief,” is what started all the trouble in the original Jurassic Park. Velociraptor is the most intelligent dinosaur and is always on the hunt. However, it is important to note that they are not yet trained for public display at Jurassic World.
Catch all the dinosaurs on the big screen when Jurassic World hits theaters on Friday, June 12.