All the Dinosaurs in the Jurassic World Films
All the Dinosaurs in the Jurassic World Films
Ever since Jurassic World revived the Jurassic Park franchise in 2015, fans, old and new, have been thrilled by seeing prehistoric creatures brought to life on the big screen.
Followed by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 2018 and Jurassic World Dominion in 2022, all three films have featured a variety of dinosaurs, both familiar favourites from the original films, and new and exciting dinosaurs that have never been seen before.
With a new Jurassic World film rumoured for 2025, now is a great time to look back at all the awesome dinosaurs in the first three films.
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Indominus Rex & Indoraptor
Unlike many dinosaurs featured on this list, the Allosaurus lived during the Jurassic Period as a large carnivore, similar to the T-rex.
A group of Allosaurus first appeared in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on Isla Nublar, escaping the islands’ volcanic eruption and during the dinosaur auction at Lockwood Manor. Several more appear in Dominion during a black market raid in Malta.
One of the most distinctive dinosaurs, the Ankylosaurus’ heavily armoured hide gives it the appearance of a mediaeval knight.
Ankylosaurus also had a clubbed tail that it used to fend off attackers. However, its impressive defences weren’t enough to save it when it fell foul of Indominus Rex in Jurassic World.
One of several dinosaurs famous for its long neck, the Apatosaurus was one of the largest dinosaurs in North America during the Late Jurassic Period.
In Jurassic World, a herd of Apatosaurus are attacked by Indominus Rex. They also appear living on Isla Nublar and in the wild in both sequels.
A raptor species similar to the velociraptor, the Atrociraptors were medium-sized carnivorous dinosaurs that probably hunted in packs.
Featured in Jurassic Park Dominion, a trained pack of Atrociraptors serve as evil counterparts to the Velociraptors trained by Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), chasing him through the streets of Malta as he rides a motorcycle.
Baryonyx has appeared in both Fallen Kingdom and Dominion and looks menacing with its large jaws. However, as a spinosaurid dinosaur, the real-life Baryonyx likely preyed on fish and other aquatic prey rather than land-based animals.
Not to be confused with the Brontosaurus, this long-necked sauropod memorably appeared for the first time during the opening sequence of the original Jurassic Park.
Brachiosaurus has a less prominent role in the Jurassic World films but appears in Fallen Kingdom and Dominion.
Carnotaurus is a South American carnivore whose name (“meat-eating bull”) comes from its large horns. It was a large predator measuring around 26 feet long but was smaller than the T-rex.
Like the Allosaurus, the Carnotaurus first appears on Isla Nublar in Fallen Kingdom and later appears in a black market in Malta in Dominion.
Compsognathus was a carnivorous dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period, roughly the size of a chicken. They first appeared in The Lost World, where their intelligence and pack-hunting behaviour proved these small dinosaurs can be surprisingly deadly. They have since been featured in Fallen Kingdom and Dominion.
A fan-favourite from the original Jurassic Park, the Dilophosaurus is well-known for its ability to spit an immobilising venom that paralyses prey or attackers. Famously, it uses this ability to kill would-be corporate spy Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) in the film, and a similar fate befalls villain Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott) in Jurassic World Dominion.
The brightly coloured frills the Dilophosaurus displays in both films are purely an invention by the screenwriters.
A prehistoric animal, the Dimetrodon is often grouped with dinosaurs. However, it was a reptile known as a Pelycosaur, which existed before dinosaurs and is more closely related to mammals.
A statue of a Dimetrodon with its distinctive sail-like fin appeared in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, with the beast itself appearing in the sequel.
Dreadnoughtus was an enormous dinosaur that could reach up to 85 feet in length and weighed over 65 tonnes. Not only does this make the Dreadnoughtus the largest creature to ever exist, but scientists believe it would be physically impossible for any living creature to be larger. This incredible size makes them a truly spectacular sight in Jurassic World Dominion.
This omnivorous dinosaur was an ornithomimid, relying on speed to escape danger. It is estimated that the Gallimimus could run at speeds between 29-34 miles per hour.
Gallimimus has regularly appeared in the franchise, appearing in every film except Jurassic Park III.
One of the biggest predators to ever walk the Earth, the Gigantosaurus, could grow up to around 45 feet long, making it even larger than a T-rex. Gigantosaurus also had teeth between 8-12 inches and could bite with a force of 35000 Newtons, enough to crush a car!
A Gigantosaurus appears in Jurassic World Dominion as the creature that killed Rexy, the Tyrannosaurus. Revived in the present day, the two face off again but this time Rexy prevails, forcing the Gigantosaurus onto the claws of a Therizinosaurus.
This herbivore was one of the first dinosaurs to ever be discovered. It is also famous for having semi-opposable thumbs topped with spiked claws, which may have been used for fending off attackers or breaking open seeds and fruit.
Despite its notable status in palaeontology, the Iguanodon has not featured heavily in the Jurassic World films, only having a small cameo in Dominion.
Like the Dimetrodon, the Lystosaurus is a synapsid, existing before dinosaurs. A crucial difference that marks the Lystosaurus as not a dinosaur is that it can’t stand upright.
In Jurassic World Dominion, a Lystosaurus named Leonard is sold to the black market and forced to fight other captured dinosaurs. Eventually, he and the other dinosaurs get their revenge on their captors.
Originally called Microceratops, the Microceratus (meaning small-horned) was one of the first ceratopsian dinosaurs, a group of species which includes the Triceratops. Unlike its more famous descendant, the Microceratus was only around 2 feet long and could walk on two legs.
Microceratus appears in Jurassic Park Dominion as part of the black market in Malta.
Moros Intrepidus is a member of the tyrannosauroid family. Despite being related to the T-rex, this dinosaur was much smaller, growing to less than 5 feet long.
In Jurassic World Dominion, they are depicted as smaller than that, roughly the same size as a duck.
This gigantic sea monster is a marine reptile rather than a dinosaur, measuring around 50 feet long. However, the mosasaurus is one of the most well-known creatures in the Jurassic World franchise and is the one that bursts from the water to eat a shark in the iconic shot from the first film.
Mosasaurus also plays a crucial role in the plot, appearing again at the end to chomp the film’s main villain, the lab-created Indominus Rex.
Alive during the Cretaceous Period, the Nasutoceratops was a herbivore like its relative, the Triceratops. It also looks very similar, only lacking the distinctive third horn.
A herd of these dinosaurs appears in Jurassic World Dominion as part of a breeding farm, from which two baby Nasutoceratops are taken by activists.
For a long time, it was thought that this dinosaur survived by eating the eggs of others and using its strong jaws to break the shells. The name Oviraptor even means “egg-snatcher”. However, this has since been disproved, and it is now thought that the Oviraptor had a more varied diet.
An Oviraptor appears in a flashback in Jurassic World Dominion, stealing an egg, referencing this old theory. Another appears in the present day in a pit fight against Leonard the Lystrosaurus.
Parasaurolophus have been featured in all six films and are easily recognisable due to their distinctive long head crest. Parasaurolophus was a herbivore and could run at a speed of up to 25 miles per hour.
While not technically dinosaurs, these winged reptiles have become an iconic part of the Jurassic Park & World franchise. The most well-known of these is the Pteranodon, with its distinctive cone-shaped head crest. It has appeared in every film except for the original Jurassic Park.
Other Pterosaurs which have appeared in the Jurassic World films include the smaller Dimorphodon, which is seen attacking park visitors after Indominus Rex escapes.
Dominion also features the Quetzalcoatlus, a 12-foot tall Pterosaur, which is thought to have been the biggest flying animal ever to exist. In the film, one attacks a plane carrying the main characters, causing it to crash.
Making its debut in Jurassic World Dominion, the Pyroraptor lived during the Late Cretaceous Period. Its name means “fire thief” as its fossil was discovered in France after a forest fire.
The Pyroraptor’s feathery design makes it stand out in the Jurassic World films. It is closer to what scientists believe real-life dinosaurs looked like than many others in the franchise.
In Dominion, the Pyroraptor is involved in a thrilling scene, chasing Owen Grady and Kayla Watts (DeWanda Wise) over a frozen lake.
Part of the same ceratopsian family as the Triceratops, Naustoceratops and Microceratus, the Sinoceratops is notable for being the only member of that group ever to be found in Asia. A Sinoceratops skeleton was discovered in China in 2008.
A Sinoceratops first appeared in Fallen Kingdom, fending off an attack from a Carnotaurus before escaping with its stampeding herd.
Stegosaurus is one of the most iconic dinosaurs ever, thanks to its large vertical back plates, but this almost wasn’t the case!
When it was first discovered, the plates were found separately from the skeleton, and it was theorised that they lay flat on its hide like those of an Ankylosaurus. It wasn’t until a later fossil was found with mud holding the plates upright that scientists realised their mistake.
Scientists also still aren’t entirely sure what Stegosaurus’ plates were used for. They may have been used to help control body temperature or intimidate predators as if the spiked tail didn’t already scare them off!
A group of Stegosaurus appear in Jurassic World as one of the new park’s many attractions.
This Late Cretaceous dinosaur is notable for its thick dome and spikes on the top of its head. It is thought that this dome may have been used for headbutting, similar to modern-day rams.
In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Owen Grady incites a Stygimoloch to break out of its cage, disrupting a black market auction in the film’s climax.
One of the scariest dinosaurs introduced during Jurassic World Dominion, the Therizinosaurus, was similar in size to a Tyrannosaurus and had claws that could reach up to 3-feet in length, longer than any other animal to date.
Therizinosaurus initially serves as an antagonist in Dominion, chasing after Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) until she submerges herself in a pond. It later reappears to help the T-rex “Rexy'' fight a Gigantosaurus in the film’s climax.
Another incredibly popular dinosaur, the Triceratops, has a very intimidating appearance but was a peaceful herbivore, only using the three horns that give it its name to defend itself when threatened.
The Triceratops has been a part of the Jurassic Park and World franchise right from the start, appearing in all six films.
The undisputed king of the prehistoric world (Tyrannosaurus rex translates to “king of the tyrant lizards”), the T-rex is probably the most famous dinosaur to have ever existed, especially as its skeleton forms the Jurassic Park logo!
The Tyrannosaurus known as “Rexy” first appeared in the original Jurassic Park film and has been a primary character ever since. In the first Jurassic World, she helps Owen Grady and his Velociraptor, Blue, fight the genetically engineered Indominus before escaping into the wild in Fallen Kingdom.
In Dominion, Rexy returns and we learn that she was killed by a Gigantosaurus during prehistoric times, before both were revived from fossils in the modern era.
At the end of the film, the two face each other once again and Rexy finally gets her revenge. It’s a fitting sendoff for the dinosaur who has defined the entire franchise.
While the Tyrannosaurus is the most well-known dinosaur, the velociraptor is almost equally as iconic. Although, contrary to their appearance in the films, the actual Velociraptors that lived during the Cretaceous Period were covered in feathers and only about the size of a turkey. Although their iconic curved claws for holding down prey were a reality!
The Velociraptor Blue is a primary character in all three Jurassic World movies, having been trained by Owen Grady since birth. At the end of Dominion, after Owen helps save her daughter Beta from BioSyn, the two velociraptors leave to live with the other dinosaurs in the wild.
Indominus Rex & Indoraptor
Not every dinosaur in the Jurassic World films is based on real life. The first Jurassic World features Indominus Rex, a hybrid made from the DNA of several other dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus and Giganotosaurus, as well as modern animals like cuttlefish, tree frogs and pit vipers. This gave Indominus Rex many abilities, including infrared vision and camouflage.
Indominus Rex serves as the main villain of the film. It is eventually defeated by Rexy and Blue before finally being eaten by a Mosasaurus.
The sequel also featured the Indoraptor, combining Indominus Rex with a Velociraptor. In the film's finale at Lockwood Manor, it fights and is killed by Blue, proving once and for all that the lab-grown dinosaurs are nothing compared to the real deal.
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