With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, we got to see some old and familiar dinosaur faces. With the game Jurassic World Evolution, we got to see the roster fill out even further.
We thought we’d give you a guide to all those new scaly faces you can raise. If you’re surprised to find some of the iconic dinosaurs of the film and game franchise are absent, please check out our dino guide that came out when Fallen Kingdom did.
Closely related to Gallimimus, this dinosaur’s name simply means “ancient bird mimic.” Hey, it’s better than “chicken mimic” like its cousin! These dinosaurs were first found in China in the twenties, but were not properly identified and dated until decades later.
These dinosaurs are apparently the most commonly found sauropods in the world. Although it is commonly believed and supported in some fossil evidence that plant-eating dinosaurs swallowed stones to help them grind food in their stomachs, these sauropods seem to have more developed teeth that were capable of at least some chewing, rather than just shearing vegetation.
One of the first dinosaurs unlocked in the game, this might not be their first appearance in the franchise as a whole. A cheesy-looking theropod approaches Sam Neill and company at the end of Jurassic World 3, looking fit to kill. He sniffs them and turns around and leaves. Um… What was even the point of that?
Ceratosaurus is best known by the ridge on its nose which is sometimes depicted as a spike. Don’t confuse it with early depictions of Iguanadon; however, for decades it was depicted with its thumb-spike on its nose in a similar fashion.
Chasmosaurus was a cousin to triceratops and other ceratopsians and is easily recognizable as one. This led to some classification problems, as it was first named as if it was more closely related to Monoclonius and then Torosaurus. However, Chasmosaurus got a proper name eventually, and he’s probably better known than either of the two species he was confused, though of course triceratops is probably always going to be the darling of the family.
This little stegosaur was still a lot bigger than your average person, at thirteen feet long. The plates on this stegosaur were tapered in shapes similar to the end of the paintbrush and had two strange, distinctive spikes that jut from their shoulders or sides (the jury appears to be out on that one). Very little is known about Chungkingosaurs, and as of 2010 there has been a theory that it’s just the juvenile form of tuojiangosaurus.
Corythosaurus was a duck-billed dinosaur, which means that it spent a lot of time on riverbeds eating, swimming, raising its young, just doing its thing. That’s cool, because that means we have preserved skin patterns and “mummies” of this dinosaur. Actually, its round crest kind of makes it look like Mr Burns…
These dinosaurs were featured briefly in the Jurassic Park sequels alongside other duck-bill dinosaurs.
Like many of the other dinosaurs we’ve already seen on this list, this dinosaur is primarily found in and around China. It’s appropriate that Crichtonsaurus has a place in this game, it’s named after Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park, after all.
Ah, Deinonychus. It’s well-known that the Velociraptors in the Jurassic Park/World series are grossly inaccurate. Although their designs don’t match up with Deinonychus perfectly, a lot is cribbed from Deinonychus. In Jurassic World Evolution, Deinonychus sports a crest, which there is no evidence for–then again, there’s no evidence for them not having one, either.
This is the first appearance of “real” Dilophosaurs in this franchise since they chowed down on Dennis Nedry in the very first Jurassic Park, though holograph footage of the event was shown in the first Jurassic World movie. They have presented an enigma to paleontologists in the past because of their jaw; parts of it seem too delicate to really bite and tear as a carnivore must. Crichton’s solution was simple: he gave it a venomous bite and the ability to spit poison, like certain species of cobras.
Thanks to an impressive excavation of Dilophosaur prints in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, the Dilophosaur is the Connecticut state dinosaur. The prints are the state fossil.
To be honest, Diplodocus is just kind of your basic sauropod. Early depictions of Diplodocus at the turn of the century show them as sort of creeping, the way alligators do, which was fairly common at the time. Later, they were shown with their heads high in the trees in a manner similar to other sauropods such as Brachiosaur. Currently, the popular thought is that they held their heads nearly horizontal, though of course this stance is debated within pockets of the scientific community.
This dinosaur’s full name is Dracorex hogwartsia–the “dragon king of Hogwarts.” JK Rowling has said that she’s thrilled about her connection to the dinosaur world.
Like Stygimoloch, it’s thought that these species may actually be a juvenile Pachycephalosaur, or a juvenile form of Stygimoloch itself if that is indeed its own species.
Another duck-bill, it’s easy to get excited about these guys. They lived in family groups, they have a cute nickname, and there are tons of really well-preserved mummies of these guys. So we know what the scales on most of their bodies looked like, and one “mummy” even indicates a fleshy crest on the head. That’s really, really cool, I swear.
Hey, what’s scarier than a Tyrannosaurus Rex? Another theropod that’s just a smidge bigger. There aren’t any complete specimens, so it’s hard to get a complete mental picture of this beast, but the evidence is mounting that the king of dinosaurs may have to hand over his “biggest theropod” crown soon…
Okay, I’ll say it: this name seems really lazy. It’s also odd that it incorporates the name of another very different dinosaur in there, but hey, that’s Greek and modernized Latin for you.
This Stegosaur is thought to be a more primitive member of the family because his plates are so small. But who needs plates when you have two longhorn-sized spikes coming out of your shoulder blades?
This member of the Stegosaur family is thought to be the oldest we have remains of, based on its dental records and skull shape. You know how dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago? This guy got his start about 100 million years before that.
Another small Stegosaur, this guy was shorter than your average adult human. If he didn’t have scary spike-plates, he could have been the “pony” of the dinosaur world. His spike-plates seem very far apart in artists’ depictions, but it must have worked well enough for them to keep on evolving to some more recognizable forms of Stegosaurs.
This dinosaur’s name means “good mother lizard” because this species is oftentimes found in nesting colonies with eggs and juveniles. Thanks to this, there is probably more known about this particular species’ life cycle than any other dinosaur.
These remains also helped the image of dinosaurs as parents, whereas the common perception prior to this and other discoveries of dinosaurs on nests pictured dinosaurs as abandoning their eggs as many modern-day reptiles will.
There isn’t too much known about this sauropod dinosaur yet, but their necks were so long that even other species of sauropods would have felt a little inadequate around them, if you get my drift. The estimate is about 115 in total body length. Like Diplodocus above, it is believed that Mamenchiasurus held its neck horizontally, which means its long tail held in the same way would have helped to keep everything balanced, similar to the way a suspension bridge works.
This dinosaur hasn’t exactly been in the series before this, but it is name-dropped as being one of the creatures whose DNA was sampled to create the Indominus Rex. Fortunately, she didn’t inherit these puny forearms–you can laugh all you want at T Rex’s limbs, but know that there are more ridiculous theropod arms out there.
Speaking of puny, there’s the Metriacanthosaurus. He’s barely six feet tall, making him ten feet shorter than an average T. Rex, at least in the games. Still, with those teeth, that rip, that potential speed… Well, six feet or sixteen, he would have a big advantage over any human.
Muttaburrasaurus’s most distinctive feature is probably the knob on its nose. As with many other duck-billed dinosaurs, it is believe that this knob housed special tissues and airways for special calls, but there isn’t any tissue preservation to support this school of thought–yet. Remember, duck-billed dinosaurs spent a lot of time near riverbeds, a great place for preservation of all kinds…
Nodosaurs have been hot for a while in the past few years thanks to an impressively preserved “mummy” found in Alberta, Canada. The specimen looks as if it’s merely taking a cat nap if viewed at the right angle–it is not totally complete. Still, it continues to offer many tantalizing clues about the dinosaur world, including potential coloration.
Didn’t see a dinosaur you were waiting for? Remember, this article only contains the first half of the game’s roster, and it omitted dinosaurs covered for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Keep on checking n3rdabl3 for part two, out soon! And if you’re still on the fence about Jurassic World Evolution, check out our review of it here.