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Edmontosaurus was a large herbivorous dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous period. Its name means "Edmonton lizard" after the location of its discovery (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). It has two junior synonyms, Anatosaurus and Anatotitan.
Edmontosaurus is part of the Hadrosauridae, or duckbill family of dinosaurs, who are known for their amazing teeth - or as paleontologists call it, their "dental battery". On each side of the jaw are three rows of sixty or more perfectly interlocking teeth - that's 720 per mouth, compared to thirty-two in an adult human! Not only did Edmontosaurus have a lot of teeth, but when one fell out, another from inside its jaw would take its place! Teeth like these are called "evergrowing".
Edmontosaurus ate plants and had to be on constant alert for predators such as Tyrannosaurus, Dakotaraptor and Acheroraptor. Edmontosaurus could not outrun any of the meat-eaters and had to rely on outmaneuvering them - like a crafty football player - and traveling in large herds, where there was safety in numbers.
Edmontosaurus was created on Isla Sorna for the original park. Four of them were on Isla Sorna and released into the wild when Hurricane Clarissa struck the island. It is unknown what happened to these individuals, as none were seen during the 1997 incident on Sorna.
Edmontosaurus was created by InGen for Masrani Global Corporation's new dinosaur park Jurassic World. The Edmontosaurus clones on the website oddly didn't have the fleshy comb on their heads like one of the original species, Edmontosaurus regalis, had. It could also be because the painting are based on the species Edmontosaurus annectens, which is not known to have a comb. The painting had a tan body with dark brown stripes, a white tail covered in brown stripes, a lime green head with red crests above their eyes and yellow beak, though its true appearance in the park is unknown.
A skeleton of Edmontosaurus was seen in the Lockwood Manor for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
A hadrosaur that Simon Tunney identified as Edmontosaurus was one of the many dinosaurs that are created on Isla Sorna by InGen for Jurassic Park that became wild on the island after InGen abandoned it. The hadrosaur briefly encountered Simon and his group the night they arrived on Isla Sorna and was the first dinosaur the group saw. Afterward, the Edmontosaurus went back the direction it had came from. The group subsequently witnessed a smaller animal similar to the hadrosaur (possibly a juvenile) but Simon's group quickly left the area when this smaller hadrosaur was attacked by Velociraptors.
Edmontosaurus is seen shortly in Level 2 of The Lost World: Jurassic Park arcade game. It can either be seen with herds of Gallimimus or grazing on grass with Parasaurolophus or others of its kind.
Edmontosaurus is one of the Herbivores that can be created in Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.
Edmontosaurus is one of the dinosaurs that can be collected in Jurassic Park: Explorer.
Edmontosaurus is a 3-star large herbivore featured in Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. They live around wetland/grasslands in large herds and serve as one of the main food sources for Tyrannosaurus rex. Like the other hadrosaurs, they have a unique vocalization, a low hooting sound.
Edmontosaurus can also live in harmony with any herbivore, especially with the other hadrosaurs.
The coloration is a beige grayish green tinted with yellow, a light green streak from neck to tail, an orange streak from head to tail on top of the green streak with black diamond markings on the back, and several tiny green spots on all over the body.
Edmontosaurus is one of the available dinosaurs in the IOS application, Jurassic Park: Builder.
Edmontosaurus was one of the dinosaurs confirmed to be in Jurassic World: Evolution, according to the second in-game trailer. It looks almost exactly as the Jurassic World website version, with one difference in the game version, as it has a yellow fleshly crest on its head like in life, although more exaggerated than in life. Due to the crest on the game's edmontosaur, its' likely that the game's version of the dino is Edmontosaurus regalis rather than Edmontosaurus annectens, which is what the website version seems to be based on.
Edmontosaurus is featured in Jurassic World: Alive.
Edmontosaurus is scheduled to appear as part of the toy line based around Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom called "Primal Attack" in 2020 by Mattel. This will be the first time it will physically appeared in any Jurassic Park toy set. Its design is heavily influenced by its appearance in Jurassic World: Evolution.
Behind the scenes
A hadrosaur skull can be seen among the pile of bones in the Tyrannosaurus rex nest in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Jurassic Park Legacy members long concluded that it belonged to the genus Anatotitan, which is now classified as Edmontosaurus annectens. As Edmontosaurus was known to live on Isla Sorna during the events of the film, it is highly likely that this skull belongs to one of the four cloned individuals of the species.
- ↑ Official Dinosaur Protection Group Website ("Reports")
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dinosaur Field Guide, page 38.
- ↑ jurassicworld.com - Edmontosaurus (Febuary 25, 2015) Retrieved from http://www.jurassicworld.com/dinosaurs/edmontosaurus/
- ↑ Official Dinosaur Protection Group Website ("Reports")
- ↑ Jurassic Park Adventures: Prey, pp. 48-53.
- ↑ JPEncyclopedia, Anatotitan copei (?) (S/F). Information retrieved at 2012-06-21.
- ↑ davelowerystoryboards - Jurassic World (July 31, 2015) Retrieved from http://dlstoryboards.blogspot.com/2015/07/jurassic-world_31.html