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The ancient world of dinosaurs wasn’t a place that humans would have wanted to hang out. There were massive carnivores that walked the land, most of which wouldn’t mind snapping up a few dozen humans for a late-night snack. Thankfully, we don’t live in ancient times. Still, it makes you wonder which of the dinosaurs from Jurassic World would have actually been scary! This list covers the most 9 most dangerous dinosaurs in Jurassic World Dominion. You may just be thankful for that asteroid 66 million years ago after seeing these dinos!
The 9 Most Dangerous Dinosaurs in Jurassic World Dominion
Of the 30 dinosaurs featured in the newest movie, about nine could cause serious damage to humans with intention. For this list, we didn’t include any dinosaur that could have hurt humans by accident through sheer size (that would be nearly all of them). Instead, we included the dinosaurs that would have potentially tried to hunt or hurt humans if given a chance. Peaceful giants like Dreadnaughtus and scavenging flyers like Quetzalcoatlus likely wouldn’t have attacked humans if we were around, although they could certainly hurt or kill us by accident.
The Allosaurus is one of the most famous carnivores in the world of dinosaurs. Their name means “different lizard,” and they are one of the few to have actually lived during the Jurassic Period (most featured in the movies lived during the Cretaceous). They were extremely large, measuring over 30 feet long and weighing between 1,500 and 2,000 lbs.With rows of serrated teeth, you would not want to run into an Allosaurus.
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Atrociraptors are mentioned in the movie and seen more than once. In fact, they are the raptors that chase Chris Pratt on the motorcycle for a few minutes in Malta. These animals were medium-sized carnivores that probably measured around 6 feet long and weighed 35 lbs. Not as large as in the movie, but just big enough to hurt you.
The Baryonyxwas a bipedal dinosaur that was a predator, although it mostly ate fish. Its name means “heavy claw,” and it was most likely a semi-aquatic dinosaur. Baryonyxmeasured between 25 and 35 feet long and weighed between 1.2 and 1.7 tons; plenty big to make a human a snack.
If the name doesn’t give it away, Carnotaurus was a large bipedal carnivore with a name that translates to “meat-eating bull.” It lived in modern-day South America, measuring 24-26 feet long and weighing 1-1.3 tons.
Dilophosaurus is unique and was one of the earliest large predatory dinosaurs. It is famous for spitting acid and rattling in the films, although that isn’t true-to-life at all. Its name means “two-crested lizard.” It was around 23 feet long and weighed close to 900 lbs.
Once again, the name is a clue as to what we are dealing with! Giganotosaurus was, well, giant. It was one of the largest theropod carnivores, and its name means “giant southern lizard,” owing to it being found in South America. It was also the main antagonist dinosaur in the movie and had a final showdown with the T-Rex and the Therizinosaurus near the end of the film. Giganotosaurus was between 39 and 43 feet long and weighed 4.2-13.8 tons.
Moros was a tyrannosauroid (tyrant lizard) with a name that means “impending doom.” It was smaller than the other tyrant lizards (like T-Rex), but it was plenty large enough to hunt a human. Moros was around 8 feet long and probably weighed close to 200 lbs.
If you plan on swimming during the Cretaceous Period, Mosasaurus is the one you need to watch out for. Mosasaurus is a massive aquatic dinosaur that ruled the oceans for as long as it was around. You can see Mosasaurus flipping boats, eating whales, and wreaking havoc in the films. It was estimated to have been 46 feet long and weighed over 13 tons.
We all know how dangerous the faithful Tyrannosaurus Rex can be. It’s the most famous dinosaur to have ever lived and has a name that means “king of the tyrant lizards.” It was an apex predator, ate meat, and would have happily feasted on humans if given a chance. Tyrannosaurus was around 40 feet long and weighed 14 tons, putting it about on par with Giganotosaurus.
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If you looked through the list and are a bit confused at some of the dinosaurs we left out, this is why! Many of the dinosaurs depicted in the films aren’t true-to-life. They may be dangerous dinosaurs in Jurassic World Dominion, but they aren’t in real life. Here are some of the dinosaurs that had scarier representation on screen than they actually had in real life.
The first time we see a Pyroraptor is when Chris Pratt and DeWanda Wise are on the ice sheet, and they are confronted with a feathered dinosaur. This terrifying beast can run faster than them, swim, and seems to be interested in making the two humans its next meal. In all reality, however, Pyroraptor was much smaller than its on-screen depiction. Most estimates place Pyroraptor as the size of a turkey. Annoying, to be sure, but probably not deadly.
Quetzalcoatlus is one of the largest flying animals in history and is the dinosaur that brings down the airplane near the middle of the movie. Although Quetzalcoatlus was probably around that size in real life, it most likely wasn’t an avid hunter. Most scientists think that it skimmed fish from the water or scavenged the way vultures do today. Still, if it wanted to mess you up, it could!
In the movie, Therizinosaurus has massive claws and tracks Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), seemingly to kill her. The razer-sharp Wolverine claws could kill a human, but they didn’t exist in real life. In fact, Therizinosaurus was a slow-moving herbivore that fed on leaves and vegetation. It did have long claws, but they were closer to hardened fingerbones than anything that could pierce through prey.
In potentially the greatest upset of the list, we have excluded Velociraptor. Velociraptors are famously terrifying and have been in the movies since the first one, but they are wildly inaccurate. In the films, they are terrifying, smart, and large enough to kill a human with a swift bite. In reality, Velociraptors were the size of a turkey and couldn’t do much to a full-grown human.
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