In the run up to the release of Jurassic World, we take a look at 18 of the film's dinosaurs

As the staff of Jurassic World will tell you, audiences get excited when new attractions are unveiled. In the run up to the film's UK release, meet some of the Mesozoic monsters who will be gracing the big screen next week.


This enormous sauropod dinosaur – typically 21 to 27 metres in length – has a name meaning "deceptive lizard". (When pioneering paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh first discovered an Apatosaurus specimen in 1877, he thought that some of the creature's bones resembled those of a Mosasaurus, and consequently decided that his new discovery was being "deceptive".)

Guests of Jurassic World will be able to spot Apatosaurus on a boat trip, otherwise known as the Cretaceous Cruise (the attractions aren't limited to Creataceous-period dinosaurs, but we're a big fan of the alliteration). They'll also be able to roll among the giants in a Gyrosphere: one of the super-fun-looking transparent rolling balls seen in the trailer.

Fun fact: The dinosaur Brontosaurus was originally believed to be a mis-identified species of Apataosaurus  ... but in 2015, a group of scientists carried out some new research, and decided that Brontosaurus was a separate genus after all. Bronto-win.


This armoured lizard weighs 6,000 kilograms and can grow to 11 metres in length. Thankfully, it only eats plants, but you'll be welcome for the safety of your Gyrosphere – that tail has a club on the end of it for a reason. 


This sociable herbivore can run at speeds of 30 miles per hour, and in Jurassic World you can join them on safari in Galliminus Valley. The park's website promises: "you'll delight in these ostrich-like dinosaurs as they navigate the valley looking for delicious vegetation, insects and grubs."


Indominus Rex aside, the Mosasaurus is the the Shamu of prehistoric predators, and the undeniable star of the Jurassic World trailers (Sorry, Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard: you're great, but you really can't compete). We've all  seen the 18-foot long beauty, not strictly spekaing a dinosaur, but an ancient Marine reptile, down live sharks whole (in a delicious, tongue-in-cheek  nod to Steven Spielberg's Jaws). the Mosasaurus is . Visitors are advised to pack a poncho to witness feeding time. 

Indominus Rex

"They created a monster." Indominus Rex, which means "untameable king", is the dinosaur hybrid responsible for the high-pitched, 160 decibel-roar heard during the first Jurassic World trailer – and the creature responsible for terrorising Chris Pratt in later trailers (always a fun hobby). 

She – because, yes, this carnivore is very definitely a lady – was partly created using Tyrannosaurus DNA, and bears some resemblence to her genetic "parents". But she's also bigger, scarier, and a lot, lot smarter. 


The gentle giant of Jurassic World is one of the dinosaurs visitors will be able to get up close and personal with in Jurassic World: at the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo, infant Triceratops can be fed, petted and even ridden, and apparently like it best when you rub them under their frill. (All together now: "aaaw".) They then graduate to Triceratops Territory, another park attraction. 

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Despite the widespread death and destruction caused by this particualr dinosaur in all of the previous Jurassic Parks, Jurassic World (where everyone involved seems to be experiencing some form of collective, selective amnesia) has created a special visitor attraction –  the T.Rex Kingdom – based around the legendary predator. The speciment in question has been living on Isla Nublar for 25 years, and is in fact the very same dinosaur seen in the first movie. Visit every two hours for "intense" feedings. 


This spiny herbivore is one of the most recognised in the world, but despite its popularity, has only featured very briefly in the Jurassic Park series so far. That's set to change in Jurassic World, when visitors can spot the 5,000 kilogram dinosaur in the Cretaceous Cruise. The Jurassic World visitor website warns: "When threatened, Stegosaurus will turn its head back to look over its shoulder, to better aim the swing of its dangerous tail."


The Diomorphodon is the smaller of the two flying reptiles in the Isla Nublar Aviary, and is unusual because it has teeth like a mammal. You can see them in the trailer for Jurassic World, attacking visitors on Main Street after being released from their enclosure in a moment of chaos – as they eat only insects, the 1.5 metre long pterosaur are attacking out of aggression alone. 


These gentle duck-billed giants dinosaurs, who lived during the Cretaceous period, have been newly cloned for Jurassic World. They are 13 metres long and three metres tall, and can be found lurking among the greenery in the Cretaceous Cruise. 


Big name, relatively little dinosaur. The Metriacanthosaurus stands at two metres tall, about the height of a man, and is seven metres long. It is a carnivore, and guests of Jurassic World will be able to spot it on the Cretaceous Cruise attraction. 


With a wingspan of 8 metres, the Pteranodon is a seriously impressive Pterasur (a type of prehistoric flying reptile, who lived alongside the dinosaurs), whose hobbies include soaring through the skies, eating fish and scavenging the remains of dead marine animals. (A roughly equivalent experience can be had during a holiday at Southend-on-Sea).

They are highly aggressive (yay!), and live in the Isla Nublar Aviary in Jurassic World. 


The Suchomimus is the third biggest dinosaur in Jurassic World: at 10 metres long and four metres tall, it looks a little like a crocodile and eats a lot of fish – expect to see it on the Cretaceous Cruise. 


The Microceratus is the smallest dinosaur in Jurassic World, measuring just one metre long by 30cm tall. They are omnivores, and in the first Jurassic Park novel spent most of their time in trees. In Jurassic World, they inhabit the Cretaceous Cruise. 


The Baryonyx is 10 metres long and three tall, and is thought to have eaten carrion and other dinosaurs with its cone-shaped teeth. It is based on remains found in Surrey, and its name means "heavy claw". Despite being a fierce predator, it is one of the dinosaurs guests can see on the Cretaceous Cruise. 

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