Yeah, the Jurassic Park movies mostly focus on the carnivores, but you have to feature a few token herbivores as well, and who better than Sauroposeidon, the new holder of the title “biggest dinosaur of all time”?
This fella is tops in all categories — a Sauroposeidon could grow up 56-feet high, 112-feet long and weigh up to 66 tons. By comparison the better-known Brachiosaurus was only around 30-feet high, 85-feet long and 30 tons.
Also, Sauroposeidon’s name means “earthquake god lizard”. I don’t care if the vegetarian dinos aren’t as cool as the meat-eaters — that is one badass name.
Most pterosaurs are kind of lame. Sorry pterosaur fans, it’s true. Their awkward little legs, flappy wings and big goofy beaks don’t make for the most frightening of creatures. The fact that Jurassic Park III tried to use them as threats was one of that movie’s major failings.
Well guess what? Recently palaeontologists have found a species of pterosaur that’s legitimately scary. The Jeholopterus trades in the usual goofy beak for a creepy looking, almost feline face full of sharp little teeth. Oh, and just to up the creep factor, there’s speculation these guys fed on blood like little pre-historic vampires.
This dinosaur is proof of the old adage “kids are dumb and shouldn’t be allowed to decide anything”. See, the full name of this dino is Dracorex hogwartsia, aka “Dragon King of Hogwarts”. Really, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis should have known full well what they were in for back in 2006 when they decided to let the public name their new dinosaur.
Could have been worse — had this happened just a few years later the poor dino would probably be stuck with Edwardjacobex Hungergameicus as its name.
Anyways, name aside, this is a pretty rad looking dino. It really does look like a real-life dragon. Also, come on, this is the closest the producers of Jurassic Park are ever going to get to a crossover with Harry Potter. Just give a Dracorex a scarf and an invisibility cloak and you’re set.