Jurassic World Evolution has given players the ability to create their own dinosaur theme park populated by their very genetically-resurrected dinosaurs. That is, to conveniently ignore everything the last six Jurassic Park/Jurassic World movies and two original Jurassic Park books taught us! Well, at least you are raising dinosaurs from the safety and comfort of your own couch!
With Jurassic World Evolution‘s latest DLC pack, “Cretaceous Dinosaurs Pack,” there come a few new scaly faces. As we did for the game’s original roster here and here, we thought we would introduce you to the newbies of the parks.
These carnivores were first discovered in the 1920s, but they aren’t exactly the superstars of the paleontological world. Why? Uh, did that name roll off of your tongue?
In truth, that long name translates to “jagged/sharp teeth lizard.” The Carcharodontosaurus was named after the great white shark’s scientific name, which is nearly identical, barring the bit about lizards, of course. Both creatures have fairly similar looking teeth, which makes sense, considering they are both considered to be apex predators.
It is thought that these dinosaurs could be even bigger than the other heavyweight carnivores, like T. Rex and Spinosaurus. If true, that would make these guys the biggest carnivorous dinosaur currently known. Yikes!
Besides possibly having the coolest name ever, Dreadnoughtus is thought to be one of the largest if not the largest of all sauropod species. The size of the bones of the first specimen discovered kept paleontologists working for four summers! Because the few known specimens of this dino are incomplete, the true size of a full-grown Dreadnoughtus is a hot topic, highly-debated, and highly controversial.
Although Dreadnoughtus does not appear in any other Jurassic Park or Jurassic World media to date, Michael Crichton, author of the original Jurassic Park book and its sequel, The Lost World, theorized that many sauropods used their long necks and tails to balance in a manner akin to a suspension bridge. The jury is out on whether or not this was the case for Dreadnoughtus, though, judging from art depicting both horizontally balanced Dreadnoughtuses and art showing a Dreadnoughtus with a more vertical neck position.
Even if you’re not that interested in dinosaurs, you probably know that Iguanodon was the first dinosaur discovered that was recognized as such. Originally, one of Iguanodon’s unique thumb spikes was thought to be a horn on the tip of its nose. Later discoveries of more intact specimens revealed where the spikes were supposed to go.
When dinosaurs were first being dug up in the mid-1800s, statues of Iguanodons and other discovered species were commissioned for London’s Crystal Palace. The Iguanodons, based on Victorian conceptions and Victorian science, are now known to be woefully inaccurate, though they remain charmingly goofy. Although the palace went up in flames partially in the 1800s and fatally right before World War II, the Igaunodon statues survived. They have since been restored, along with many of the statues of other extinct species also made for the palace, and can still be seen today lolling about on muddy island banks in the Crystal Palace Park.
So, with these three new dinosaurs, have you gotten every dinosaur species you would have wanted for Jurassic World Evolution? Or were there other Cretaceous species that you are still hankering to see? You never know–if this DLC does well, you may be in for some more era-specific dino packages!
Meanwhile, if the only thing you’re hankering for now is more dinosaur info and you have checked out all of our other Jurassic World Evolution dinosaur introductions, you can still be sated at our like article for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.