In the prologue of Jurassic World: Dominion, we watched as Rexy is chased by a helicopter before rampaging through a drive-thru movie theater. I noticed something different about Rexy’s behavior in this scene. She was not hunting or fighting or being territorial like she usually is. Instead, Rexy was scared and confused, which is normal when a wild animal ventures into an unfamiliar environment. She was born and raised in the laboratories of Isla Sorna and spent the majority of her life in the jungles of Isla Nublar. When she was released onto the mainland, she was seeing all of this for the first time in her life. She was being exposed to sights, sounds, and smells she never experienced before. It must be beyond overwhelming for her. We have gotten used to seeing Rexy as the powerful and regal Queen of the Dinosaurs, but here she is lost, alone, and trying to figure out her new place in the modern world.
My favorite part of the prologue for Jurassic World: Dominion is the section that takes place in the Cretaceous Period. In that part of the prologue, we got to see the original versions of the dinosaurs in their natural habitat. It felt like something out of Walking With Dinosaurs. The makers of the Jurassic Park/World franchise did say that they plan to take the franchise in other directions after Dominion. I hope one of those directions will involve a film that is like the prehistoric section of the prologue. That would be cool beyond measure to see a full length film that features the dinosaurs in this fashion.
I am pleased to report that The Kaligen Experiment: Bestiary has received a new rating this morning on Amazon. It is a four star rating!
My fictional species of Stegosaur is called Lappadon or “Thorn Tooth”. I gave it this name because it has no back plates like the original Stegosaurs. Instead, it has lots of spikes, which makes it like an oversized porcupine or hedgehog.
My fictional species of raptor is called the Sanguraptor or “Blood Thief.” I gave it this name to highlight its bloodthirsty and sadistic nature. If Hannibal Lector or Jack the Ripper was a dinosaur, they would be this creature.
Now that The Kaligen Experiment is out, allow me to properly introduce you to my fictional dinosaurs. This fictional species of Therizinosaur is called Tesseranychus or the “Knuckle Claw.” I partially drew inspiration from the real life Therizinosaur known as Nothronychus. As a whole, Therizinosaurs look like oversized turkeys. Therefore, when I envisioned Tesseranychus, I decided for it to be even more turkey-like in appearance.
Prehistoric marine reptiles were not just limited to mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, and ichthyosaurs. There were some who were crocodilians who were specially adapted to life in the sea. One such example is Metriorhynchus. Despite being a crocodilian, Metriorhynchus has evolved traits that were similar to the more traditional marine reptiles it swam alongside. This includes flippers instead of feet and a distinctive tail fluke.
“You cannot have an animal with exaggerated predator features without the corresponding behavior traits.”
Dr. Henry Wu, Jurassic World
I heard an intriguing rumor regarding the upcoming fourth season of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. It has been implied that we have not seen the last of the Scorpius Rex. I think somehow whoever is controlling the new island got their hands on one. I don’t know if this Scorpius Rex is the mystery dinosaur that is stowing away in the kids’ boat, another of the Scorpius Rex’s offspring that was captured by Mantah Corp offscreen, or a clone that was grown from a sample that one of the drones got from one of the Scorpius Rexes. Either way, I hope this rumor is true because the Scorpius Rex is such a fascinating and terrifying creature and I want to see more of it.
I am pleased to report that The Kaligen Experiment: Bestiary has received its very first review today. It is a five star review from Amazon’s United Kingdom branch:
“The whole aspect of this bestiary is amazing! The depths of science and characteristic and behavioural descriptions are amazing and I really enjoyed it.”
Here is the Amazon link for my dinosaur zoology book, The Kaligen Experiment: Bestiary.
“Kaligen Island and its primeval inhabitants are the products of the most elaborate and ambitious ecological experiment in the history of mankind. An island grown from scratch at the bottom of the ocean, mutated plant life unlike anything the world has ever seen before, and genetically engineered dinosaurs that are far more frightening than anything in the fossil record. It cannot be denied that the Kaligen Experiment has produced wonders and horrors at the same time. However, the recent tragedy that befell the island has exposed some of its previously undiscovered secrets. Dr. Howard Melville presents his findings regarding the core nature of the experiment and the potential implications it could have on the rest of the world.”