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Name meaning

"Spiny Lizard"

Code name

Spino

Diet

Carnivore/Piscivore

Height

4 meters[1]

Length

12.6 to 18 metres (41 to 59 ft)[1]

Weight

7 to 20.9 tonnes[1]

Location

North Africa (Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Niger)

Range

Isla Sorna

Birth type

Egg

Film appearances

Jurassic Park III

Game appearances

Warpath: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III: Park Builder
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

Adventures appearances

Jurassic Park Adventures: Flyers

Toy appearances

The Lost World Series 1

Theme park appearances

Islands of Adventure

"It's a superpredator."
Billy Brennan(src)


Spinosaurus ("spined lizard") was a theropod dinosaur that existed in what is now North Africa, from the Albian to early Cenomanian stages of the Cretaceous Period, about 112 to 97 million years ago. According to recent estimates, Spinosaurus is the largest of all known carnivorous dinosaurs, even larger than Tyrannosaurus and Giganotosaurus. These estimates suggest that it was around 16 meters (54 feet) in length and up to 9 tons in weight. This genus was first known from a set of Egyptian remains discovered in 1912 and described in 1915 by German paleontologist and aristocrat Ernst Stromer. These original remains were sadly destroyed in an Allied bombing run over Berlin during World War II, but additional skull material has come to light in recent years. It is unclear whether one or two species are represented in the described fossils. The best known species is Spinosaurus aegyptiacus from Egypt, although a potential second species named Spinosaurus maroccanus has been discovered in Morocco in recent times.

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Jurassic Park franchise

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Spinosaurus first appeared in the Jurassic Park franchise as a toy in the The Lost World Series 1 toy line. It has appeared in multiple toy lines and video games inspired by The Lost World: Jurassic Park. It first appeared on screen in Jurassic Park III as the apex predator. It appears in one comic series.


Jurassic Park III

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Size comparison

A Spinosaurus is encountered in Jurassic Park III. It is the biggest carnivore on the island, and it's believed there is only one Spinosaurus on the island. It is unknown whether the individual seen in the film was a male or female.

The size of the Spinosaurus in Jurassic Park III is listed at 43 feet long and 16 feet tall (19 feet at the top of the fin), although the animatronic stood 20 feet (6.1 meters) and weighed 26,000 lbs (12 tons), making it the largest dinosaur made in Jurassic Park III.

The territory of the Spinosaurus is located in the northwestern part of the island. This is why Spinosaurus isn't encountered in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, since that film took place in the southeastern portion of the island. This would also solve the question of why the second film takes place in coniferous forest and the third in lush jungle.

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As seen in Jurassic Park III

When Dr. Grant and Billy were talking about what dinosaur it was, Billy said he didn't remember seeing Spinosaurus on the list of dinosaurs InGen had cloned. It could have been that InGen's embryologists had mistaken it for a Baryonyx of Suchomimus; which apparently did appear on InGen's list. Assuming that newly hatched/young Spinosaurus were not born with sails, but, instead, developed them as they matured.

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The Spinosaurus after it killed the Tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park III

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The Spinosaurus just standing there like a villain

When the JP3 group first encounter it on the island, it eats two of the mercenaries and chases the remaining "visitors" into the jungle, where they bump into a male Tyrannosaurus, which, ironically, chases them right back towards the Spinosaurus. The two massive predators see each other, and a fight breaks out over food and territory. After a quick, but brutal fight, the Spinosaurus eventually kills the T. rex, by breaking it's neck, thus giving the group the chance they need to escape as the Spinosaurus eats its new kill.

The group soon runs into the Spinosaurus again after hearing a satellite phone ring, which they then realize was last in the possession of someone eaten by the Spinosaurus, leading to another chase resulting in the group barely escaping the jaws of the super predator.

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Spinosaurus rises from the river.

It appears once more towards the end of the movie, attacking the group on a barge, nearly drowning most of the group and almost eating Paul Kirby. But is soon frightened off when leaking gasoline from the boat's ruptured engine is ignited by a flare shot by Dr. Grant.

Inaccuracies

  • The JP3 Spinosaurus had two crests on its head, while the real Spinosaurus only had one.[citation needed]
  • Recent studies suggest the "sail" or ridge ran most of length of the tail as well as down the back, while Jurassic Park 3's Spinosaurus only had a "sail" on its back.[citation needed]



Video games

The Spinosaurus has appeared in all games based on Jurassic Park III.

Warpath: Jurassic Park

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Spinosaurus in Warpath

Before it's appearance in the movie series, Spinosaurus appeared in the Warpath video game for the PSX. Here, due to the game being made before recent scientific discoveries, the Spinosaurus has a body shape more similar to that of an Allosaurus rather than it's current, scientifically accurate, crocodilian-like features. Also, its attack patterns were the same as the Megaraptor. This is because the original Spinosaurus fossil was destroyed during Allied bombings on Berlin in WWII. Its colors are sapphire, crimson/golden yellow, and orange, and its battle stage is the embryo laboratory.

Jurassic Park: DNA Factor

The Spinosaurus appears as the boss of the game's penultimate stage. During the stage, the player is running through the tops of several trees, and the Spinosaurus chases the player and tries repeatedly to bite. To damage it, the player must pick up some of the bombs in the area and throw them at the rampaging reptile. Sometimes the Spinosaurus crouches down under the trees and lunges up with its sail.

Jurassic Park III: Park Builder

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Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus also appears in Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.


Jurassic Park Operation Genesis

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Spinosaurus in JP:OG

see Spinosaurus/Operation Genesis

Spinosaurus can be seen in all its neck-snapping glory in Operation Genesis as a five-star large carnivore. Spinosaurus is the largest carnivore in JPOG. It has the ability to kill any dinosaur (with the exception of Brachiosaurus due to its immense size), and it wishes to fight or eat if it has the strength or courage. The Spinosaurus whenever coming out of its' hatchery is almost always inspecting for other dinosaurs to claim territory. Whenever meeting a T. rex it tends to whack its mouth in a territorial manner to drive it away and when it doesn't it engages in a death duel. The two can coexist briefly but sooner or later, they will end up competing for territory very violently.

Jurassic Park: Island Attack

Spinosaurus appears twice in this game, but it's more of a stage hazard then an enemy. It can't be killed, and will just chase the player until a certain point in the stage is reached. It is first encountered at the beginning of the game, and then later at the climax.

Dino Defender

Spinosaurus appears around 3 times in the game. It can be seen fighting a T. rex near the end of the game.

Danger Zone

Spinosaurus appears anytime in the game.

Jurassic Park: Survival

The Spinosaurus was to have appeared in the scrapped game Jurassic Park: Survival as a key enemy.

Jurassic Park: Builder

Spinosaurus is one of the available dinosaurs in the IOS application, Jurassic Park: Builder.

Toy Lines

Animspinosaur

Spinosaurus appears in The Lost World Series 1, JP3 and JP CamoXtreme and the recent jp 2k9 Toy lines. Because The Lost World Series 1 was released before recent scientific discoveries, the Spinosaurus here is very inaccurate. It also has a different code name, "Slice". It is way too small, could possibly be a juvenile and features the oldschool megalosaur-like head. The toy from the third movie is more accurate with its crocodile like head. It came in two sizes, one in the same size as The Lost World version and a big one.

Theme parks

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Spinosaurus in Universal Studios Orlando.

A life sized Spinosaurus statue is located in the Islands of Adventure. It is located next to a safari tour vehicle from the first film.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Spinosaurus is the main dinosaur antagonist in Jurassic Park III, recognized as the dinosaur on the teaser posters (along from the Velociraptor family in the film).
  • Originally the Baryonyx was supposed to be the main dinosaur in the film, but it was replaced by the Spinosaurus because Baryonyx was too small.
  • Although it is the largest predatory dinosaur on the island, it was, ironically, much smaller than its real-life counterpart, which is now believed to grow up to 57 feet long.
  • It is the second theropod to battle a T. rex in the movies. The first were the Velociraptors from the first film, although the raptors died.
  • The Spinosaurus is also the main antagonist in JPIII-based games.
  • The Spinosaurus was originally going to be killed by a pack of Velociraptors, however this scene was cut from the filming schedule .
  • The Spinosaurus was originally going to fight the marines, however this scene was cut from the filming schedule.
  • The ringing of the phone in the Spinosaurus's stomach is likely a homage to the crocodile from Peter Pan, whom had swallowed an alarm clock that went off every time it was near, thus alerting others to it presence.
  • If the fans listen closely and are good of hearing, the Spinosaurus uses some of the sounds of the Suchomimus from Warpath: Jurassic Park, and the Carnotaurus from Disney's Dinosaurs, this is highly proven since sound designer, Christopher Boyes previously worked on Disney film a year ago.[citation needed]

Videos

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Jurassic Park Spinosaurus Aegypticus Sound Effects HD

Sounds of the Spinosaurus from



References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wikipedia, Spinosaurus.
Jurassic Park III Dinosaurs
AnkylosaurusBaryonyxBrachiosaurusCeratosaurusCompsognathusCorythosaurusParasaurolophusPteranodonSpinosaurusStegosaurusSuchomimusTyrannosaurus rexVelociraptor
Playable Warpath Dinosaurs
AcrocanthosaurusAlbertosaurusAnkylosaurusCarcharodontosaurusCryolophosaurusGiganotosaurusMegaraptorPachycephalosaurusSpinosaurusStygimolochStyracosaurusSuchomimusTriceratopsTyrannosaurus rex

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