Warning! Contains SPOILERS FOR Jurassic World: Dominion.
Jurassic World: Dominion includes an exciting cast of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. The third entry in the Jurassic World trilogy, and the sixth Jurassic feature overall, released in 2022, four years after the debut of 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Dominion is also a finale for the series and concluded many story arcs that began all the way back in 1993’s Jurassic Park.
Following Fallen Kingdom‘s escape-focused ending, Jurassic World: Dominion followed the cast of the previous Jurassic World movies, and returning favorites from the Jurassic Park trilogy as they struggle to survive in a world where dinosaurs have finally reached the mainland. With the genetically modified creatures no longer restricted to a remote island or a contained facility, the world must come to decide the ultimate fate of these once-extinct beasts. Described by director Colin Trevorrow as a science thriller, the film brought the Jurassic story to its dramatic and long-awaited ending.
No Jurassic Park or Jurassic World film would be complete without a roster of dinosaurs, both new and familiar. Among all the returning dinosaurs, such as the terrifying T-Rex and Blue the Velociraptor, there are several brand-new dinosaurs that are making their first appearances in the franchise. Here’s a complete look at every dinosaur that appears in Jurassic World: Dominion.
It wouldn’t be a Jurassic film without a T-Rex, and Jurassic World: Dominion is no exception. The iconic predator is the unofficial mascot for the series, with its skeleton serving as the logo for the park both in real life and in films. Of all the T-Rexes in the franchise, none is more beloved than the first Rex from Jurassic Park. Dubbed “Rexy”, this is the same T-Rex that fought the Indominus in Jurassic World and escaped into the wild at the end of Fallen Kingdom. Rexy faces new challenges in Jurassic World: Dominion, which opens with a sequence set at a drive-in theater where she causes carnage while fleeing BioSyn helicopters. The fan-favorite T-Rex sees her own arc concluded by the end of the movie t00, finally getting revenge on the Giganotosaur who killed her 65 million years ago – a surprisingly satisfying end for a character who’s a dinosaur.
After the T-Rex, the other most iconic dinosaur in the Jurassic franchise is undoubtedly the Velociraptor. Jurassic World introduced audiences to a specific raptor named Blue, who was trained from birth by Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady. At the end of Fallen Kingdom, Blue escaped into the wild alongside a horde of other prehistoric beasts. Dominion takes Blue in a direction that many fans have found controversial, however. Beta is Blue’s daughter, produced asexually. While giving Blue offspring is no crime in itself, many have taken online to voice how convoluted the plotline around Beta and Blue played out. They felt the focus on sci-fi genetic science took up time that could have been spent on character development or more of the dinosaur action expected from a Jurassic World movie.
A distinctive dinosaur that’s new to the franchise, Pyroraptors have been generating a lot of buzz as far as Jurassic World: Dominion’s dinosaur roster goes. These distinctive raptors are feathered in the movie. This is an interesting choice, since Jurassic Park and Jurassic World dinosaurs aren’t scientifically accurate. Their design is normally less avian, more reptilian, as they were once thought to be before advances in paleontology and genetics led to a better understanding of dinosaur physiology. The Pyroraptor can’t claim any prizes for historical accuracy, however, as in the movie it’s portrayed as an agile swimmer – something there’s no evidence for in real life.
One of the breakout prehistoric stars of Jurassic World, the Mosasaurus has quickly become one of the most iconic animals in the entire franchise, even getting to kill the mutant Indominus Rex. It also holds the distinction of being the first of the park’s residents to break free and leave the island behind. The Mosasaurus still cruising the oceans in Dominion, capsizing a crabbing boat and consuming the crew at the beginning of the movie.
Since Blue and Owen’s arc meant Jurassic World‘s velociraptors need to be more relatable than they were in Jurassic Park, the mindless shoulder-height pack-hunter position in Jurassic World: Dominion is now filled by the Atrociraptor. Larger and more brutish than Blue and her pack, they’re one of the carnivores Owen (Chris Pratt) has to avoid while racing through the streets of Malta on a motorbike. Atrociraptors belong to the same family of dinosaurs as their Velociraptor cousins, making them the ideal replacement for Dominion’s high-octane bike chase scene.
The carnivorous Allosaurus made its debut in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, where at least five examples of the species were shown to have made it back to the mainland alive. One of these surviving Allosaurus was purchased in the film’s dinosaur auction, and another was observed doing battle with a stubborn Nasutoceratops in the short film Battle at Big Rock. In Jurassic World: Dominion, several Allosaurus can be seen causing carnage in Malta after a dinosaur black market is raided by authorities.
The other deadly predator unleashed on the streets of Malta after the dinosaurs at the black market in Jurassic World: Dominion are liberated is the Carnotaurus. While not quite the same level of apex predator as the mighty T-Rex, Carnotaurus still dominated food chains across South America during the late Cretaceous period. It’s easy to see why when watching Jurassic World: Dominion. Carnotaurus may be smaller than a T-Rex, but they still tower over the panicked citizens of Malta – a fact these carnivorous horned predators use to their grizzly advantage.
Quetzalcoatlus was a behemoth flying pterosaur, the same family as the Pterodactyl. Quetzalcoatlus, however, was much larger, a fact leveraged in one of Jurassic World: Dominion’s intense CGI sequences when one tries to take down a plane. They were thought to have a wingspan of just over 36ft, which is more than large enough to make air travel infinitely more hazardous in the dino-inhabited Earth of Dominion.
One Jurassic World: Dominion scene that harks back to the tension Jurassic Park mustered involves Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) hiding from the terrifying Therizinosaurus. This predator has a distinct look, sporting long claws that could reach over 3ft – thought to be the longest of any animal that’s walked the Earth to date. Therizinosaurus were comparable in size to Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the pair team up at the climax of Jurassic World: Dominion to take on the fearsome Giganotosaurus.
If Rexy is the Godzilla of the Jurassic World franchise, then the monstrous Giganotosaurus is its King Ghidorah. The Giganotosaurus is set up as an antagonist for the T-Rex to take on in an epic dino-fight at the end of Jurassic World: Dominion, and Rexy isn’t able to best the titanic carnivore without assistance from a Therizinosaurus. While every predatory dinosaur in Dominion is fearsome, Giganotosaurus is in a league of its own. They were larger than Tyrannosaurus rex and had mouths full of 8-12-inch teeth, which they could drive into the flesh of their prey with a bite strength of over 35,000 Newtons.
Many fan-favorite characters from Jurassic Park make a return for Jurassic World: Dominion. This isn’t just limited to the humans, however. The frilled Dilophosaurus, infamous for killing hapless industrial espionage-botching failure Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) in Jurassic Park, is back. This venom-spitting dino doesn’t break form either, continuing its tradition of ending Jurassic antagonists’ lives when a pack of them set upon BioSyn CEO Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott).
After an injured Triceratops captured audience’s hearts in Jurassic Park, “Trikes” are back in Jurassic World: Dominion for an equally emotional moment. With dinosaurs roaming the world again, dino black markets have become a thing that exists. One scene shows one of these illegal operations in Malta. Among the caged dinosaurs is a family of Triceratops, including an adorable baby Trike.
Nasutoceratops and Sinoceratops
The Nasutoceratops, a relative of the famous three-horned Triceratops that featured in Jurassic Park, made its Jurassic World debut in the short film Battle at Big Rock, where it battled an Allosaurus. The creature returns in Jurassic World: Dominion, using its massive weight and horns to flip jeeps like they were made of cotton and paper. A herd of Nasutoceratops and Triceratops, along with three-horned Sinoceratops, get panicked and start to stampede after a fleet of Dinosaur Protection Group vehicles disturbs them.
During his first scenes in Jurassic World: Dominion, Owen Grady (Christ Pratt) is chasing a pack of Parasaurolophus through the Sierra Nevada mountains on horseback. This herbivore lived in herds and could reach top speeds of 25mph, according to some paleontologists. Like many of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World and Jurassic Park, the Parasaurolophus didn’t actually exist during the Jurassic period but lived in the late Cretaceous era, 65 million years later.
It wouldn’t be a Jurassic franchise movie without a long-necked dinosaur that would dwarf an elephant. In Jurassic World: Dominion this post was almost taken exclusively by the Apatosaurus. Although smaller than the Brachiosaurus seen in Jurassic Park, the Apatosaurus is still a massive herbivore that fills all characters present with awe.
The biggest Jurassic World: Dominion dinosaur, the Dreadnoughtus, could easily outsize Jurassic Park’s Brachiosaurus, however. Dreadnoughtus is believed to be the largest land animal not only to ever have existed, but that is calculable based on scientific understanding of biology and physics. An adult Dreadnoughtus could reach 85ft in length and weigh in excess of 65 tons. If anything bigger were discovered it would break everything known about the upper limits of the natural world. Appropriately for a beast with no equal in size, Dreatnoughtus’ name literally means “fear nothing”, a fact that’s highlighted in Dominion.
Jurassic World Dominion Features New And Returning Dinosaurs
Jurassic World: Dominion features one of the most impressive rosters of dinosaurs in any Jurassic movie to date, and many of them are new to the franchise. Behemoths like Dreadnoughtus and Giganotosaurus pushed the size of on-screen dinos in the franchise to new limits. The introduction of the Pyroraptor and Atrociraptor meant Owen’s Velociraptors could fully be positioned as lovable, albeit misunderstood and very much still carnivorous, protagonists. Then of course there were visually striking additions, such as the long-beaked plane-fighting Quetzalcoatlus and clawed Therizinosaurus, that ensure Dominion will be distinct in the franchise for something other than its mixed reception on release.
It wasn’t only new dinosaurs though. Jurassic World: Dominion is the final movie in the Jurassic World trilogy, a fact it attempted to celebrate by reintroducing a score of characters, and dinosaurs, from the first Jurassic Park in 1993. Alongside Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), fan-favorite dinosaurs from Isla Nubar’s ill-fated first park, such as the Dilophosaur and Triceratops, are back in Jurassic World: Dominion. So are many of Jurassic World’s own established mainstays, like the aquatic Mosasaurus. And the two dinosaurs that stole the show in Jurassic Park are back for Jurassic World: Dominion – despite nearly three decades passing, it’s still the T-Rex and Velociraptor competing for the title of audience’s most loved prehistoric predator.
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