After watching the found footage film known as The Dinosaur Project, I have become intrigued by the dinosaur named Crypto. The film revolved around an expedition to discover the existence of prehistoric animals. Among those animals was Crypto and his species. What makes Crypto’s species fascinating is that they are not one of the dinosaurs we are familiar with like Tyrannosaurus Rex or Velociraptor. Instead, he is a new species that survived the dinosaurs’ extinction and spent the next 65 million years continuing to evolve in isolation.
Thanks to unchecked adaptation, Crypto and his kind acquired a number of features you would not find in real life theropod dinosaurs. For example, Crypto possesses a neck frill like the Dilophosaurus in Jurassic Park. However, while the Dilophosaurus used its neck frill as a warning sign to go along with its venomous spit, Crypto’s neck frill was designed to be for display. This would allow Crypto to seem much larger than he really was, which would ward off bigger predators. Like the Dilophosaurus, Crypto was also a spitter. However, instead of venom, Crypto would spit a slimy pheromone that would mimic his scent. He used this to protect his human friend, Luke, from his giant parents. Finally, Crypto was an amphibious animal, able to swim like a dolphin in the Congo’s rivers.
Even though we got to see Crypto’s parents at the end of the film, we did not see any of their capabilities other than the fact they are capable of tearing a grown human apart. They were roughly the size of either a medium-sized or large carnivorous dinosaur. When taking Crypto’s adaptations into account, I have a good idea of what an adult member of Crypto’s species would be like. With the neck frill, an adult specimen would likely use it to attract mates and discourage rivals. With the slimy pheromone, it is likely used to mark territory much like how some animals use scent glands to mark their territory. With the amphibious lifestyle, an adult member of Crypto’s species was likely a fish eater like Baryonyx or Spinosaurus when terrestrial prey was not available.
Overall, Crypto was an interesting dinosaur to watch even though he was a fictional species. He is one example of what is evolutionarily possible if dinosaurs existed in the modern world. If you want to see Crypto and his species in action, I recommend watching The Dinosaur Project, which can be found on Amazon Prime.