WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in theaters June 22.
It’s always fun to see the classic dinosaurs from the original Jurassic Park back in action, but after five films, they’ve gotten a little stale, especially when most of the time they’re just seen wandering or posing for a great wildlife shot. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (directed by J.A Bayona) changes that by finally introducing quite a few new creatures to the franchise, and not just man-made abominations like the Indominus Rex or Indoraptor.
They don’t all play significant roles and some appear in just a couple of shots, but they’re there, and they’re all pretty exciting to see, especially for huge dinosaur geeks. Just in case you missed a few while dozens of creatures are stampeding across the screen, we’ve listed out all the dinosaurs, both old and new, that appear in the latest entry of the Jurassic Park franchise — and there are a lot of them!
It’s worth noting that almost none of the creatures you see in the films are accurate representations of their real-world counterparts. For example, many of them– the therapods in particular– are known to have possessed feathers in real life. The franchise addressed this several times, reminding audiences in Jurassic World (directed by Colin Trevorrow) that these creatures are the result of several different combinations of genetic material from dinosaurs and material from modern animals such as frogs and cuttlefish.
So Mosasaurus isn’t technically a dinosaur — it’s a mosasaur. However, it’s still worth mentioning since it’s one of the more memorable creatures from Jurassic World. The creature returns for two scenes in Fallen Kingdom and in both of those scenes, it’s equally as terrifying. The first time around, it devours the retrieval team sent into its enclosure to acquire genetic material from the skeleton of the Indominus. The second time, it’s shown lurking in open waters, ready to devour unwary surfers.
Mosasaurus existed during the Late Cretaceous period approximately 70 million years ago. It grew to lengths of up to 55ft and is thought to have fed on everything from fish to smaller mosasaurs. Much like it does in the film, the Mosasaurus is thought to have fed on passing prey by leaping out of the water.
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