It’s finally happened. The internet was finally given a shadowy glimpse of a dinosaur in the upcoming Jurassic world… literally. Co-writer and director Colin Trevorrow tweeted the image below earlier on the 18th of June which appears to show the silhouette of something angry and carnivorous, with the subtitle “Nights”.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) June 17, 2014
Time to oil up those speculation machines and dust off the Dinosaur books at least 80% of us had as children to find out whatever the hell will be eating actors in Jurassic World. What we know so far about Jurassic World centers upon the human actors and plot. Set 22 years after Steven Spielberg’s original roaring success, the park on Isla Nublar is up and running beautifully.
We also have information about the fact that gene sequencing has been done using DNA other than that of frogs. That doesn’t mean you’re going to be seeing any two-headed Tyrannosaurus Rex roaming around nor a talking Triceratops but it does raise some interesting questions as to whether there could be some hybrids running around the park. We also know that the corporate leaders of the park want to introduce larger and more dangerous species to make the attraction even more lucrative.
Business men want more money? Something’s bound to go wrong.
If Jurassic World continues the tradition from the first three films of more reptilian flesh on-screen than the last (Jurassic Park had one T-Rex, The Lost World had two and Jurassic Park 3 packed in a Spinosaur and T-rex), we are likely to see another large carnivore chomping on tasty humans in World. From the image above there are four possibilities that the n3rdabl3 team can think of.
The first is that this could be a Carcharodontosaurus which remains in the same league as its prior Dino-Stars but from the image the upper jaw looks too thin. Perhaps then it could be a Giganotosaurus. It’s big enough to play with the gigantic reptiles but the same problem arises, the upper half of the skull is too deep. The final bipedal create we think it could be is Tyrannotitan. For one the name drips with pure and unbridled awesome and its head is markedly thinner than those we previously mentioned. Smaller teeth are also on show in the shadow above, a trait which holds as one of Tyrannotitan’s more remarkable features.
There is, however, a fourth way. Sarcosuchus Imperitor. No I don’t need a tissue, thank you. Sarcosuchus was a huge reptile related to the Crocodiles of today, and yet measured up to 12 metres in length and weighed up to 8 tonnes. To put that in perspective the modern Saltwater Crocodile has been recorded at 6.7 metres as the longest specimen. Evidence for this possibility comes from two sources.
For one, the shadow shows a very thin jaw which seems to end in an overbite with a concave tip on the lower jaw, much like that of a modern Crocodile. It’s upper jaw also appears to end in a bulbous mass like that of a crocodile’s snout. The second piece of evidence comes from this poster which was snapped at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas of 2014 by ComingSoon.net. That shows an aquatic reptile which displays a similar skull structure to the one shown in the shadowy image from Jurassic World’s set.
Of course this could all be wrong and the image is of a Spinosaurus or one of the crew yawning in silhouette.
Jurassic World is set to hit cinema screens just under a year from now on June 12th 2015 and very recently finished filming with actors Ty Simpkins, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard.