You’ve no doubt seen the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – but just what dinosaurs were on display, and what can we glean from their visual depictions? First, let’s watch the trailer again:
Things move pretty fast, but we’ve poured through the trailer frame by frame. Take a walk through the park and learn all about the dinosaurs in the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel – did you spot them all?
First referenced on the park map in Jurassic Park, this bipedal carnivorous dinosaur has never appeared in a Jurassic film prior. The Baryonyx is a cousin species to the Spinosaurus, and stood about 10 feet tall and 30 feet long – the real prehistoric animal likely lived off of a diet of fish, but still would have been deadly to cross paths with. InGen’s creation seems bulkier, with a shorter neck and smaller arms, but makes up for it in pure, mean, crocodilian attitude.
The iconic gentle giant of Jurassic Park returns in all her original glory. The most recognizable Sauropod of the franchise towers over the other animals of park, reaching heights of well over 30 feet. Brachiosaurus was absent in the fourth Jurassic film, and while it made an appearance in Jurassic Park 3, it looked quite different.
Strangely it was not part of the species list in Jurassic World, though we know previous populations existed on Isla Nublar.
Blink and you’ll miss it! Did you catch the second ceratopsian to appear in a Jurassic film? It remains unclear what species this actually is, but Styracosaurus and Sinoceratops are the two most likely candidates. Unlike Triceratops, neither Styracosaurus nor Sinoceratops have been featured in a Jurassic Park film prior, nor have they ever been mentioned as a species in previous films (though Styrcaosaurus made an appearance in a early JP3 script). The real versions of these herbivores could grow up to 18-22 feet long, but were gentle giants, using their strong, sturdy cheek teeth to assist with grinding up fibrous plants.
It’s worth noting we initially heard rumors the iconic and beloved Pachyrhinosaurus was in this movie – but it is clearly not the dinosaur on display here. Don’t take our word for it, just asking any dinosaur loving three year old. Perhaps the species changed to what is likely the Sinoceratops later on – we’re eager to discover what species this is either way!
The Carnotaurus has long been a fan favorite of Jurassic Park fans dating back to its appearance in Michael Crichton’s ‘The Lost World’ novel. Smaller than a T-Rex, this carnivore is well known for having horns atop its head, a long lean neck, and incredibly tiny arms. Much like many of the other new dinosaurs, Carnotaurus was never known to be on Isla Nublar.
In ‘The Lost World’ novel, the Carnotaurus had camouflage abilities, which were eventually used as a trait of the Indominus Rex in Jurassic World. Ironically the Carnotaurus is actually one of the DNA components of the Indominus Rex, giving the animal its horns. There has been talk that Jurassic film makers have held back incorporating this animal in past films because of Disney’s use of of it in the film ‘Dinosaur’ and as the main antagonist in its Dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom, however it seems Jurassic has come to reclaim its namesake.
The dinosaur on display above is another mystery, but we’re favoring members of Allosauridae due its long three fingered hands, even if its head resembles members of the Tyrannosauridae family, such as Megaraptor. For the time being, we’ll assume it’s an Allosaurus.
The Allosaurus was featured briefly as promotional material in Jurassic World, appearing briefly in an image of the Holoscape interface at the Innovation Center, but failed to appear in the flesh. However, it was never a species on Isla Nublar in Jurassic Park nor Jurassic World.
The carnivorous “different lizard” averaged 28 feet in length, though evidence suggests they could have reached lengths of over 38 feet. Experts report that Allosaurs lived in dangerous lives – many remains displayed in museums include smashed shoulder blades and broken ribs, suggesting that their interactions with others of their own species were largely aggressive. Will we see that aggression in Fallen Kingdom? It seems so.
While not entirely a new dinosaur, this depiction is brand new – we see Blue as an adorable baby Raptor. This is only the second time we have seen a juvenile Velociraptor, and baby Blue is clearly older than the hatchling in Jurassic Park. At this point its unclear how these ‘flashbacks’ fit into the movie, but we’re interested!
Last but not least, we have the return of the Compys – first introduced in The Lost World, these small green opportunistic scavengers have been a longtime fan favorite (Just don’t tell Dieter Stark, who was eaten alive by them after falling down a hill). While Compsognathus have never been referenced as a species on Isla Nublar in any of the films, they were present in the original novel, bred to eat the dung of the many large dinosaurs around the island.
Considering the ruined state of Isla Nublar in Fallen Kingdom, these scavengers are perfect fit for the film, and we’re thrilled they’re back.
What do you think of the new dinosaurs in Fallen Kingdom, and their designs? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to stay tuned for all the latest Fallen Kingdom news!
About Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:
It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Stars Pratt and Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. They are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.
Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the filmmakers for this stunning installment. Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer.