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Name meaning

""Near Crested Lizard""

Code name





4 meters (13 feet)


10 meters (33 feet)


4-5 tons


Isla Nublar
Isla Sorna

Birth type


Novel canon appearances

The Lost World

Movie canon appearances

Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
Jurassic World

Game appearances

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (arcade game)
Jurassic Park: Trespasser
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis
Jurassic Park III: Park Builder
Jurassic Park: The Game

Toy appearances

The Lost World Series 1

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Parasaurolophus is a Hadrosaurid (sometimes called a duck-billed dinosaur) from approximately 76.5–73 million years ago (late Cretaceous). It is a herd animal feeding on the park’s rich vegetation. The most stunning feature of the Parasaurolophus is the crest on its head. Scientists were unsure of its function until today. Some believed it was a snorkel for when the animal was in water; others felt that it was used in combat. We now know that it serves for display and for communication, allowing the animals to remain in contact over distance by amplifying their haunting, beautiful cries.[1]

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Parasaurolophus

Jurassic Park Franchise Edit

Parasaurolophus has appeared in all three films, as well as the second novel by Michael Crichton. All three appearances however have all been nothing but short cameos. In the first movie they were seen from a distance drinking from a lake. In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, they were seen on the game trail, and one male specimen, nicknamed "Elvis" by Roland Tembo, was captured by InGen. In Jurassic Park III they can be spotted in a field among other herbivores. The animal also appears in video games, trading cards, park rides and toy lines.

Novel canon Edit

In the Lost World novel a Parasaurolophus herd lives near the river close to a Apatosaurus herd. The large Apatosaurus give protection, whereas the smaller and weaker Parasaurolophus have better eyes and can warn the dinosaurs for predators.

Richard Levine studies the creatures from the High Hide. When he imitates their strange calls the herd walks in goose step to the forest to urinate and defecate. Procompsognathus eats their feces.

Film canon Edit

Jurassic ParkEdit

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A herd of female Parasaurolophus in Jurassic Park

On the Isla Nublar facility, a Parasaurolophus herd roamed along with Brachiosaurus at the Watering Hole. They probably kept by water, drinking it, and eating the long grass that grew around lakes and rivers. The Brachiosaurus and Parasaurolophus exhibit was very close to the main helicopter pad, and was thus one of the first dinosaurs to be seen by Dr. Alan Grant and the others upon arriving to Jurassic Park. It is not known however if the animal was featured on the Safari Tour ridden by Dr. Grant and the others, as they had to turn around after the Triceratops exhibit.  

Jurassic Park: The Game Edit

Parasaurolophus (or Parasaurus, as in the game) has an expanded role from its movie glimpse in Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar in Jurassic Park: The Game. They first appear in the scenario The Parasaur Enclosure. Dr. Laura Sorkin wants to add Lysine to their water supply so they will survive the Lysine contingency in her absence. To reach their drinking water creatures have to go out of their paddock. The player should lure the herd of Parasaurolophus out of their pen, using various Parasaurolophus calls.

In the scenario Water Treatment, Sorkin's lab is attacked by raptors, they kill one Parasaur. Later the Tyrannosaurus rex kills another Parasaur. It is unknown what happened to the two remaining animals.

The Lost World: Jurassic ParkEdit

Elvis jpg

On Isla Sorna, Parasaurolophus, like the rest of the dinosaurs, roamed freely. During Roland Tembo's hunting expedition, while chasing animals on a game trail, Dieter Stark's group first catch was a Parasaurolophus named Elvis. However, Tembo initially mistook it for a Corythosaurus, which had a rounder crest as opposed to the long, tapering crest of the Parasaurolophus. This may be due to the fact that the pages of Roland's field guide were blowing in the wind, so he may have been unable to catch anymore than a glimpse of the Corythosaurus page. 

Jurassic Park IIIEdit


Parasaurolophus Size Scale

Parasaurolophus can be seen scattering along with other herbivores such as Triceratops and Stegosaurus as the Kirbys' plane flies over a large open field. It may be of interest to note that the Parasaurolophus attempt to keep in close proximity with the herd of Corythosaurus.

When the plane crashes on Isla Sorna, the team finds a T. rex feeding on a Parasaurolophus. Then, the Spinosaurus arrives and the fight begins. In the original script, however, it was a Sauropod that the T. rex was feeding on, not a Parasaurolophus. Later when the team are being chased by the raptor family, the team run through a combined herd of Parasaurolophus and Corythosaurus, instantly scaring the herd which stampedes around them.


Parasaurolophus grazed with Brachiosaurs, Stegosaurs and Ankylosaurs

The Parasaurolophus herd seen in the third installment of the series were seen herding with Corythosaurus. They are also see in the far distance (in the right hand side) when the group passes by the valley of herbivores in the boat.

Like most dinosaurs, the Parasaurolophus are more brightly colored in JP3 than in previous films. The animals depicted in the first Jurassic Park were (supposedly) green, the ones in TLW were a more tan/brown color, the ones in JP3 were green, but with the same color pattern as the animals in TLW. It was unknown the cause of this third variation seen in JP3, nor is the gender of this variation confirmed (though from the length of the crest it is a male). Many fans consider the different colorations on the Parasaurolophus to be of seasonal change this debate can be proven further as most male reptiles/birds are represented more colorful than females with some changing colors each season (though this can involve mammals too). Another theory is that the Parasaurolophus alter their pigmentation within the said environment they adapt too or use this trait to camouflage themselves like that of some modern day animals; this would explain why Lost World's Parasaurolophus appearing in a dry drab wasteland appear more brownish tan while compared to the ones in the other films which both appear in a lush green ecosystem. In the Vistor Center of Jurassic Park the portrait in the background shows a herd of Parasaurolophus which in the male in the Parasaurolophus along with the females are green in color.

Jurassic World Edit

Parasaurolophus stegosaurus triceratops apatosaurus TV spot screenshot

Parasaurolophus walkeri from Jurassic World

Parasaurolophus is confirmed to be in the new theme park called Jurassic World on Isla Nublar. They can be viewed in the Gallimimus Valley. On the website their skin was a mixture of tan and brown with their crests having a mint green lining. Parasaurolophus, however, are also

Parasaurolophus from Jurassic World

present in Jurassic World in the Gyrosphere ride, Cretaceous Cruise and the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo. They are somewhat brighter colored than the Parasaurolophus in TLW.[2]

Vocalizations Edit


Crest Chambers and Function Edit

As hadrosaurs, Parasaurolophus was a very social animal and may have been very vocal amongst herd members. Parasaurolophus was most often noted for its elongated tube-like crest. For years it was theorized whether on the how crested hadrosaurs, made their sounds, some considered that they crest had no purpose for communication and was used for battles between other males and in the 1960's paleontogist such as Alfred Sherwood Romer suggested that Parasaurolophus used it for submergence underwater somewhat like a snorkel with Ned Colbert following with a similar theory or even housing specialized organs like glands or muscles to help hold the head. One odd theory is was suggested by creationist Duane Gish, that even the crest used to house a special chemical gland, that threw jets of chemical "fire" much like the Bombardier Beetle for self defense against predators. But Paleontologist have discovered that Parasaurolophus used this crest as a nasal passage in order to communicate with other hadrosaurs, how this method was to make the sounds was they would breathe the air in through their crests and the air would split into two passages within the crest and then both come through the longer chamber out the nose which creates a vibration making resonant sound much like that of a trumpet.

Making the sounds for Jurassic Park Edit

Since ests, Gary Rydstrom need' vocalization relied on their crests, the animal would need to make the sounds resonate as to how the animal would sound. In the rd much from it's cameo appea, nce, however it mak wasn't heard much from it's cameo appearance, however it makes one distinctive roar, this was created by the use of Lion's bellowing roar. Four years after the st World: Jurassic would appear in a longer scenes in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and thus Gary had to use something different for the extended appearance of the hadrosaur. Back on Skywalker Ranch, Rydstrom recorded the moos from a cow, by using a tube through into a cardboard box for the distressing call of Parasaurolophus (a known fact is that these sounds were used for also for the Parasaurolophus in the ). A Lion was also reused for the (four years after in the film as well. In Jurassic Park III (four years after The Lost World), Christopher Boyes followed the same approach for the ing the stampede sc, but used a new arrangement of sounds during the stampede scene. The Parasaurolophus sounded a lot more aggressive in there distress calls this time though.

Gallery Edit

Videos Edit

Jurassic Park - Parasaurolophus walkeri Sound Effects HD02:16

Jurassic Park - Parasaurolophus walkeri Sound Effects HD


Parasaurolophus painting.

Trivia Edit

  • In the middle of 2013, a Jurassic Park Legacy member possibly found the answer, the colors of the females in the first film are actually not their real color but instead blurred by the sun. A closer example shows they have the same pattern as TLW Parasaurolophus and color (if one were to look closer), in fact the concept art of the Isla Nublar Parasaurolophus are the same as TLW Parasaurolophus. This can also be evidenced by Laura Sorkin's Parasaurolophus in Jurassic Park: The Game. However this has not been confirmed by Spielberg or ILM.

Just before Gray and Zach go into the restricuted area of the park two Parasaurolophus can be seen in the back fighting, most likely over territory.

Video gamesEdit


Parasaurolophus from Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.

Parasaurolophus jpbuilder

Parasaurolophus from Jurassic Park: Builder.

Jurassic Park: Trespasser Edit


Para on Site B.

Parasaurolophus appears in Jurassic Park: Trespasser. It is first encountered in the Jungle Road level near Cathy's Beach. It later seen again in the Industrial Jungle, wandering dangerously close to a Tyrannosaurus, with another Para near the Smuggler's Plane.

Unlike its film version, this Para is yellow/orange with black spots. It doesn't live in herds, and in all locations only a single Para is located. The creature is easily frightened by Anne.


Parasaurolophus in Trespasser (retail version).


Parasaurolophus in Trespasser (beta version).

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis Edit

Parasaurolophus is a 3 star Large Herbivore in Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis and are shown as those from The Lost World. They come from the same dig site as Acrocanthosaurus and Torosaurus. They can be paired with Edmontosaurus, Corythosaurus, or Ouranosaurus. They are favoured prey for Acrocanthosaurus (despite the fact that Parasaurolophus and Acrocanthosaurus didn't live in the same period) and Albertosaurus. They make a soothing, resonant piping sound. They also closely resemble the Parasaurs from The Lost World film.

Theme parksEdit

On the Jurassic Park: River Adventure in the Islands of Adventure, a male Parasaurolophus knocks your vehicle off track from entering Hadrosaur Cove and into the Velociraptor containment area. Another spits water at you.

Trading cards Edit


Toy linesEdit


  1. Telltale Games (2011). Tour the Island site, Tour_the_Island#Parasaurolophus_Paddock Parasaurolophus Paddock.
  2. Jurassic World
Jurassic Park Dinosaurs
BaryonyxBrachiosaurusDilophosaurusGallimimusHerrerasaurusMetriacanthosaurusParasaurolophusProceratosaurusPteranodonSegisaurusStegosaurusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rexVelociraptor
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Dinosaurs
CompsognathusCorythosaurusEdmontosaurusGallimimusMamenchisaurusPachycephalosaurusParasaurolophusPteranodon • • StegosaurusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rexVelociraptor
Jurassic Park III Dinosaurs
AnkylosaurusBaryonyxBrachiosaurusCeratosaurusCompsognathusCorythosaurusParasaurolophusPteranodonSpinosaurusStegosaurusSuchomimusTyrannosaurus rexVelociraptor
Jurassic World Dinosaurs
AnkylosaurusApatosaurusDilophosaurus (Hologram Only)DimorphodonGallimimusIndominus rexMosasaurusPachycephalosaurusParasaurolophusPteranodonStegoceratops (Computer Screen Only)StegosaurusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rexVelociraptor

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