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Species Profile - Corythosaurus

Species Profile - Corythosaurus

With this animal, the Corythosaurus, you can really see chaos in action. Think of all the combinations and patterns life tries out looking for that perfect structure. It's not about success... life is about refining failure... over and over and over again. Always a work in progress. Ourselves included.

- Dr. Ian Malcolm

Corythosaurus is a genus of hadrosaurid dinosaur that originated from Late Cretaceous North America. Known for its tall head crest, Corythosaurus is unlocked by the Hammond Foundation for the islands of the Muertes Archipelago on Isla Muerta.


Originating in the Late Cretaceous period, Corythosaurus was one of the dinosaurs planned for the original Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, though by the time of the 1993 inspection of the park, only ninety seven percent of its genome had been mapped.[1] After the San Diego Incident in 1997, and the subsequent passing of the Gene Guard Act, InGen, now owned by Masrani Global, conducted illegal experiments on Isla Sorna, resulting in the recreation of Corythosaurus, as well as Ankylosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Spinosaurus.[1]

Along with the other species illegally cloned in 1999, the Corythosaurus were released into the wild after a nine month period of experimentation. In 2001, a herd of Corythosaurus, which had congregated with Parasaurolophus, were briefly encountered by the survivors of a plane crash on Isla Sorna. Their existence, along with the other illegal species encountered by the group, was later covered up by bribed officials.[1][2] After the biosphere of Isla Sorna collapsed in the following years, the surviving dinosaurs were relocated to Jurassic World on Isla Nublar, though it is unknown if this included any Corythosaurus specimens.[1] As of 2018, it has been revealed that the Corythosaurus population was the victim of an unconfirmed form of cruelty, likely referring to the aforementioned 1999 illegal cloning event.[3] It is unknown if there are any surviving populations.[4]


The base genome of the Corythosaurus bred for Jurassic World are a mostly muted yellow body with small stripes running down its back. It also has a pale mauve crest.[5]


Corythosaurus are quite similar to other species of hadrosaur cloned by the Hammond Foundation, with a moderately long lifespan and resistance to disease. Where they differ is in the incubation price, being the cheapest of the hadrosaurs to breed and release into the park. Like others of its family, it prefers a moderately large enclosure and can't fight back against large carnivores, relying instead on speed to escape.


Corythosaurus is one of the best known and well studied hadrosaurs. As part of the lambeosaurine branch of hadrosaurs, it possessed a distinctive crest. The crest is semi-circular in shape and gave the dinosaur its name; Corythosaurus means 'Helmet Lizard', as the crest resembles a helmet from Corinth, a city in Ancient Greece. Like many other lambeosaurine crests, it was hollow and filled with air chambers to be used for both communication and display. Some fossils found were so well preserved that soft tissue was also discovered, such as skin impressions, webbing between the hoof like toes and the ear canals. The ear was very well developed and it may've been one of the main sense since of Corythosaurus.

Corythosaurus lived in the Oldman Formation and Dinosaur Park Formation. It lived alongside a myriad of other dinosaurs such as the hadrosaurus Parasaurolophus, the ceratopsians Chasmosaurus, Pentaceratops and Centrosaurus, the ornithomimid Struthiomimus, the armoured Euoplocephalus and Edmontonia, and the tyrannosaurid Daspletosaurus and Albertosaurus.


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  • Corythosaurus was the nineteenth dinosaur to receive a Species Profile, on 18 May 2018.
  • The base genome of the Corythosaurus is based on its appearance in Jurassic Park III.[2]
  • Corythosaurus previously appeared in Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, considered by many to be Jurassic World Evolution's spiritual predecessor.
  • Unlike its real-life counterpart, the game's Corythosaurus has a very upright posture when standing on two feet. In reality, it would've walked primarily on four legs, but when running on two, it would remain in a horizontal posture.



Further reading

External links

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