Dinosaurs were not the only giants of their day. There were colossal crocodiles that were large enough to eat dinosaurs for breakfast. Among these giants were Deinosuchus, Kaprosuchus, and Sarcosuchus. All three of these large crocodilians were the terrors of the prehistoric lakes and rivers. Even Tyrannosaurus Rex feared these crocodiles. I am thinking of including a reverse engineered species of giant crocodile that is of the same caliber as these prehistoric behemoths. Unlike the dinosaurs in the experiment, this crocodile will have been bred behind the research team’s back. Because of this, these crocs will become an unexpected and terrifying surprise for the survivors as they try to escape their manmade ecosystem.
I just had a messed up idea regarding my dinosaur book. It involves some of the more intelligent dinosaurs setting a gruesome trap for their human quarry. I often wonder what would happen if dinosaurs were capable of setting traps. What kind of traps would they set? The trap in question will be bloody and psychological in nature. I have taken inspiration from traps set by guerrilla fighters. I will not say if the humans will take the bait or not, but it will be a scene full of traumatic, psychological strain.
Even though I was disappointed by the delay of Jurassic World: Dominion‘s release, I received some historical news. It looks like humans won’t be cloning just dinosaurs anymore. Now, they are going to clone animals from all across prehistory. This development was heavily implied during Camp Cretaceous when it was revealed that Dr. Henry Wu was experimenting with Wooly Mammoth fossils. Further confirmation was provided when the film crew of Dominion posted a picture of a new creature wearing a COVID-19 mask. As a prehistory nut, I instantly recognized the animal as Lystrosaurus even though it was wearing a mask. Lystrosaurus is officially the oldest prehistoric life form in the Jurassic Park franchise because it is a creature that is older than even the dinosaurs. I am glad that the franchise is going in this direction because it is long overdue to feature prehistoric creatures that are not dinosaurs. I look forward to seeing these animals on the big screen in two years.
I found this video in which two guys organized a scare prank on their coworkers. The prank involved the use of the most expensive and realistic dinosaur costume. The victims of the prank went into a carpark, not expecting a dinosaur to be down there. The coworkers’ reactions to the dinosaur were priceless. I can only imagine how this scenario would play out if the dinosaur was real.
Every prehistoric ecosystem needs a medium-sized carnivore in order to act as a foil for the apex predator and help keep the herbivore populations under control. Since I will be downsizing my dinosaurs for my latest series, I have been searching for suitable size templates to draw inspiration from. I believe an ideal template for my medium-sized carnivores would be Herrerasaurus, which was a primitive theropod dinosaur from the late Triassic Period. The smallest known adult specimens were roughly 10 feet in length while the largest were about 20 feet. My story has two medium-sized predators so I will be basing their respective sizes on the size ranges of Herrerasaurus. My apex predator is already 20 feet long so I won’t be making my smaller predators the same length. One of my creatures will be 10 feet long while the other one will be about 15 feet long.
One of the hardest size changes I had to make with my fictional dinosaurs was finding a suitable size template for my new ceratopsian (horned) dinosaur. At first, I considered going with Protoceratops from Mongolia, which was one of the favorite prey items of Velociraptors. However, Protoceratops was too small for my story; about the same size as a sheep. Due to its size and large population, Protoceratops has been called the “Sheep of the Cretaceous.” Now, I believe I have found a more suitable donor to base my horned dinosaur on: Zuniceratops. Compared to Protoceratops, Zuniceratops was about the size of a cow and was a common sight in mid-Cretaceous North America. Zuniceratops was 3.5 feet tall at the hip, 11 feet long, and 330 pounds. Based on those proportions, I think Zuniceratops will be a satisfactory size template to base my horned dinosaur on.
The largest and most recognizable dinosaur in a prehistoric ecosystem would be the long-necked sauropods such as Brachiosaurus or Apatosaurus. However, I am thinking of downsizing my species on long-necked dinosaur for my series. I will be basing its size on Plateosaurus, which was between 26 to 33 feet in length and weighed between 2 to 4.5 tons. This creature won’t be as big as the titans of the past, but it will still be a respectable size; bigger than an elephant.
Since I am planning to make my fictional dinosaurs smaller than the more iconic dinosaurs like Triceratops and T. Rex, I have decided to make the apex predator the same size as Dilophosaurus. Most people know Dilophosaurus as the venomous little dinosaur from the first Jurassic Park movie, but it was not venomous and was much bigger in real life. While the Jurassic Park Dilophosaurus was 5 feet tall and 10 feet long, the real life version of Dilophosaurus was twice as big at 10 feet tall, 20 feet long, and weighing up to a ton. In an environment of fun sized dinosaurs, I think this would be a suitable size for the apex predator of that ecosystem. Such a carnivore could easily take down a human, which gives me goosebumps.
I have come to a realization regarding the creatures in my dinosaur series. For 170 million years, the dinosaurs’ size and strength served them well during their reign. However, the planet’s climate and terrain has changed over the past 65 million years. Due to this, their size may not serve in the modern world as it did in the past. With this in mind, I have decided to make my fictional dinosaur species fun sized. The pictures above are examples of fun sized dinosaurs that have existed in real life. For the sake of authenticity, I may have to redesign some of my dinosaurs to match these smaller dinosaurs. But make no mistake, despite their small stature, my fictional dinosaur species will still be a deadly threat in their own right.
Some people think that Velociraptors were the same size as the ones in Jurassic Park, but this is not the case. In reality, Velociraptors were much smaller than the ones in Jurassic Park. Instead of being 15 feet long and 6 feet tall, Velociraptors were between 6 to 7 feet long and 2 to 3 feet tall at the hip. I feel like a raptor of this size has not gotten the attention it deserves. For my dinosaur series, I intended to depict a new species of raptor that was as big as the Utahraptor, which was the biggest and baddest raptor of them all at 20 feet long, 10 feet tall, and weighing up to a ton. However, bigger is not always better. Sometimes a small size that is complimented with stealth and speed is even deadlier than a large and bulky body. With this in mind, I am thinking of making my new species of raptor the same size as the real life Velociraptors. In order to compensate for their small size, my raptors will have a secret weapon that will allow them to take down victims bigger than them.