Here’s How the ‘Jurassic World’ Dinosaurs Looked in Real Life
It is well-known at this point that “Jurassic World” diverges from the science when it comes to its portrayal of dinosaurs.
In real life, many of the dinosaurs vary in size and are often covered in feathers, but a few of them actually don’t look that different.
Let’s start with Velociraptor, one of the most feared creatures in the “Jurassic Park” universe:
In reality, the Velociraptor could be more easily compared to either a turkey or a coyote:
The look of Velociraptors in the film was actually based more off of Deinonychus…
… as well as a Utahraptor which was discovered as the original “Jurassic Park” was being made:
One of the most terrifying new dinosaurs introduced in “Jurassic World” is the Mosasaurus, which makes even a great white shark look tiny.
The real Mosasaurus isn’t actually a dinosaur and it didn’t have spikes along its back.
The Mosasaurus is really “marine lizard that’s more closely related to snakes and lizards,” according to Dr. John Hutchinson.
After making a brief cameo in “Jurassic Park,” the Gallimimus returned for “Jurassic World”:
The real Gallimimus was actually fairly similar, but with a lot more feathers.
Here is a Pteranodon, the unlucky victim of the much larger Mosasaurus:
And here’s a sketch of what the winged animal (who isn’t actually a dinosaur) probably looked like:
The Pteranodon was actually a Pterosaur, which is “a winged reptile which is very, very, very closely related to dinosaurs but not a dinosaur,” according to Hutchinson.
And finally, there’s the almighty T. rex:
The real T. rex was still huge, but it was actually covered in feathers.
Some have jokingly compared the T. rex to a “giant chicken.” But still, would you want to mess with it?