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Name meaning

"Corinthian-crested lizard"

Code name





3.6 meters (12 feet)


9 meters (30 feet)


4 tons (8,000 pounds)


Alberta, Canada


Isla Sorna

Birth type


Movie canon appearances

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Fact sheet only)[1]
Jurassic Park III

Game appearances

Jurassic Park III: Park Builder
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis
Jurassic Park: Explorer
Jurassic Park: Builder
Jurassic World: The Game

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Corythosaurus (Core - Rith - Oh - Saw - Rus) was a hadrosaur dinosaur that lived in the Late Cretaceous period. Its name means "Helmet lizard". It is also known by the incorrectly spelled name, Carninthosaurus in the The Lost World: Jurassic Park script and media.[2][3][4]

In the game, Jurassic Park: Explorer, the following information is given about this creature:

Corythosaurus had hundreds of small interlocking teeth at the back of its jaw, allowing it to crush and grind plant matter. The bony crest on top of its head contained its nasal passage and may have been used as a sounding device.

Like other duckbills and some other late Cretaceous plant-eating dinosaurs, Corythosaurus had huge numbers of teeth crammed together into "batteries" forming a single grinding surface on each side of the upper and lower jaws. This allowed the dinosaur to process large amounts of food at once. The hadrosaurines had broad, "ducklike" snouts to cut a wide swathe through the herb layer, while lambeosaurines such as Corythosaurus had narrower snouts and presumably fed more selectively.

The most distinctive feature of the lambeosaurines was the hollow bony crest on top of the head. The size and shape of these crests varied greatly. As a result, different skeletons of Corythosaurus have been identified as belonging to at least seven different species. However, comparison of more than 20 skulls has shown that the crest changes as it grows and differs between the sexes. Only a single species is, therefore, now recognized. The large-crested individuals are thought to be the adult males. They probably used the crest to intimidate others males. The skin covering the crest may have been brightly coloured or patterned, and the hollow within the bone, which was connected to the airway, may have been used to produce distinctive honking calls.

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Corythosaurus



Corythosaurus was successfully recreated by InGen in the lab on Isla Sorna.[5][6] The corythosaurs were parented and fed in captivity on the island.[6] The Corythosaurus clones had a greyish body with yellow patches and orange red crests.[5]

For unknown reasons, it was not planned to appear in Jurassic Park.[7] However, it was featured in the mural for the Visitor Center's restaurant.[8]

Living in the wildEdit

When Hurricane Clarissa struck Isla Sorna, the InGen personnel left the island. The Corythosaurus were either set free by the workers, broke out on their own or because the storm had damaged fences. The corythosaurs roamed freely across the island.[6]

The corythosaurs had to learn to live in the wild. Since they no longer received lysine supplements in their food, they started to eat lysine rich plants.[6] It is unknown how many corythosaurs lived on the island, but they were known to have resided in the jungles of the northeast. In that region, their herds would roam alongside the related dinosaur Parasaurolophus.[5]

Isla Sorna Incident (2001)Edit

A herd of Corythosaurs and Parasaurolophus were grazing just outside of the InGen Compound that created them when Dr. Grant, Billy Brennan, Amanda and Paul Kirby, and Udesky came out of the compound being chased by a pack of Velociraptor who unknown to them were after their eggs that Billy had secretly stolen from the raptors. The group ran through the herd of the two hadrosaur species causing a stampede. During the stampede, Billy nearly lost his backpack that contained the raptor eggs. The fleeing herd caused the group of humans to ultimately split up.[5]


Jurassic Park III: Park BuilderEdit

Corythosaurus can be created in Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.

Jurassic Park: Operation GenesisEdit

see Corythosaurus/Operation Genesis

Corythosaurus was featured as a three-star large herbivore in the video game Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. It is known for making a quick whooping howl. It likes to socialize with Edmontosaurus and Parasaurolophus if placed together. The Corythosaurus seems to be one of the common prey for Tyrannosaurus.

Jurassic Park: ExplorerEdit

Corythosaurus is featured in the DVD game Jurassic Park: Explorer. A player collects a dinosaur when he/she wins a minigame, when the collected dinosaur is a Corythosaurus this video will be shown.

Jurassic Park: BuilderEdit

see Corythosaurus/Builder

Corythosaurus is one of the available dinosaurs in Jurassic Park: Builder.

Jurassic World: The GameEdit

see Corythosaurus/JW: TG

Corythosaurus is one of the available dinosaurs in Jurassic World: The Game.

LEGO: Jurassic WorldEdit

Corythosaurus was in LEGO: Jurassic World and did many of the same things as Corythosaurus did in Jurassic Park III. The amber piece is found on "Landing Site," Part 1 and can be obtained by having a jumper (any female) character to run inside the radio tower at the back left. (It's a non-LEGO tower with a satellite dish.) The Amber Brick is hovering just behind it to the right. The player can hop up to the left onto the jump wall, then immediately jump right. The amber piece will be atop the wooden platform.


Corythosaurus was one of the many dinosaurs created by InGen for Jurassic Park. In their enclosure, the park's only known herd of Corythosaurus lived alongside with appeared to be a lone Saurolophus.[9]


Lindberg ModelsEdit

It has appeared in Lindberg's model toy line based on the first film. A customized version of this figure has been made as well.

Behind the scenesEdit

Corythosaurus made an early appearance as one of the dinosaurs seen on the mural to the Visitor Center's restaurant in Jurassic Park.[8] The mural was painted by Michael Denering[10] and the painting itself is based on Guernica by Pablo Picasso.

In the script for The Lost World: Jurassic Park Corythosaurus was originally going to be among the many dinosaurs featured in the film albeit mispronounced "Carninthosaurus".[11] In said script a Corythosaur was to originally be captured by the InGen Hunters[12][13] but was replaced in the final product by the Parasaurolophus nicknamed "Elvis". The Corythosaur captured in the script was described as being "red-crested".[12] Though it never physically appeared in the final film, it was seen on one of the fact sheets one of the hunters was carrying[1], but in the next shot the Corythosaur in this fact sheet this hunter was carrying changes to a Pachycephalosaurus,[14] though it returns back to a Corythosaurus when the Hunter and Dr. Burke flee with the agitated Pachy nicknamed "Friar Tuck".[15]Furthermore, Roland Tembo misidentifies the Parasaur Elvis as a Corythosaurus and tries to pronounce its name.[16] Corythosaurus also later had a physical appearance in the sequel Jurassic Park III. Interestingly, the Mighty Chronicles adaptation of The Lost World Jurassic Park depicted Corythosaurus as being captured in place of the Parasaur Elvis like in the script[3] and in the Topps comic The Lost World: Jurassic Park II Roland even fully identifies Elvis as a "Carinthosaur".[17]


A hadrosaur that resembles Corythosaurus seen in the Jurassic World storyboards for Jim Martin.

The concept design of the Corythosaurus for Jurassic Park III was based on features seen in illustrations by John Sibbick.[citation needed]

In the script for Jurassic Park III, Corythosaurus was to be among the dinosaurs seen on the riverbank after the protagonists escape from the aviary.[18] Originally, the stamped seen in the film was only going to contain Parasaurolophus, but director Joe Johnston and visual effects supervisor Jim Mitchell felt there needed to be more variety, so Corythosaurus was created for the film. The Corythosaurus depicted in the film was created from the Parasaurolophus model.[19]

In Jim Martin's storyboards for Jurassic World there is a hadrosaur near an early version of the Jurassic World Monorail that resembles either Corythosaurus intermedius (a different species from the Corythosaurus seen in Jurassic Park III which resembles Corythosaurus casuarius) or Hypacrosaurus.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Coryna In The Lost World: Jurassic Park when Robert Burke is telling his fellow hunter about Pachycephalosaurus as one such clone nicknamed "Friar Tuck" is being captured by the group, the unidentified hunter with Burke is holding a factsheet of a Corythosaurus. This fact sheet has the most clarity in the Blu-Ray of the film.
  2. The Lost World Film Script
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Mighty Chronicles), pp. 76-77
  4. The Lost World: Jurassic Park II
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Jurassic Park III
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  7. Corythosaurus does not appear in any version of the Jurassic Park brochure.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Corapainting
  9. Return to Jurassic Park V
  10. (March 2012) The Last World: "The West Coast Scenic". USITT Sightlines.
  11. The Lost World Film Script: Scene 36: Ext Hunter's Camp
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Lost World Film Script: Scene 42: Back in the Container Truck
  13. The Lost World Film Script: Scene 47: Down on the Plain
  14. Pachycorytho2png
  15. Corythofact2
  16. Corythosaurustlwsaid Netflix subtitles.
  17. Corycomic
  18. Jurassic Park III film script: Scene 99A
  19. Deckel, Larry. (October 2001) Jurassic Park III: Bigger, Faster, Meaner. Cinefex, 87, p. 39.
Jurassic Park III Dinosaurs
AnkylosaurusBrachiosaurusCeratosaurusCompsognathusCorythosaurusParasaurolophusPteranodonSpinosaurusStegosaurusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rexVelociraptor

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