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Cosmetic Genes, or Skins, are genetic modifications for dinosaurs in Jurassic World Evolution, which allow players to customise their appearance. These genes gradually unlock as players progress through the game and achieve certain milestones in the Muertes Archipelago. There are twelve cosmetic genes in Evolution, each providing a unique appearance to each species.

Cosmetic Genes

Null

Null cosmetic genes are the default dinosaur skins.

Alpineicon Alpine

Alpine cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with grey-green skins, and can be unlocked from the Research Centre on Isla Matanceros. It is derived from the DNA of the Lichen Katydid, Markia hystrix.

Aridicon Arid

Arid cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with sandy skin patterns, and can be unlocked from the Research Centre on Isla Matanceros. It is derived from the DNA of the Central Bearded Dragon, Pogona vitticeps.

Coastalicon Coastal

Coastal cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with dark grey skin patterns, and can be unlocked from the Research Centre when a five star facility is achieved on Isla Tacaño. It is derived from the DNA of the Marine Iguana, Amblyrhynchus cristatus.

Jungleicon Jungle

Jungle cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with orange skin patterns, and can be unlocked from the Research Centre when a five star facility is achieved on Isla Sorna. It is derived from the DNA of the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog, Oophaga pumilio.

Rainforesticon Rainforest

Rainforest cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with blue skin patterns, and can be unlocked from the Research Centre by progressing through the Entertainment Division on Isla Sorna. It is derived from the DNA of the Hyacinth Macaw, Anadorhynchus hyacinthinus.

Savannahicon Savannah

Savannah cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with blackish-blue skin patterns, and can be unlocked from the Research Centre by progressing through the Entertainment Division on Isla Matanceros. It is derived from the DNA of the Plains Zebra, Equus quagga.

Steppeicon Steppe

Steppe cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with yellowish-brown skin patterns, and can be unlocked from the Research Centre by progressing through the Entertainment Division on Isla Muerta. It is derived from the DNA of the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca.

Taigaicon Taiga

Taiga cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with green skin patterns, and can be unlocked from building three Research Centres on the islands of the Muertes Archipelago. It is derived from the DNA of the Northern Leopard Frog, Lithobates pipiens.

Tundraicon Tundra

Tundra cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with grey-green skin patterns, and can be unlocked by completing the Science Division mission on Isla Pena. It is derived from the DNA of the Alaska Marmot, Marmota broweri.

Vividicon Vivid

Vivid cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with purple skin patterns, and can be unlocked from the Research Centre by completing the Entertainment Division mission on Isla Sorna. It is derived from the DNA of the Purple Starling, Lamprotornis purpureus.

Wetlandicon Wetland

Wetland cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with yellowish-green skin patterns, and can be unlocked from the Research Centre by progressing through the Entertainment Division on Isla Pena. It is derived from the DNA of the Nile Monitor, Varanus niloticus.

Woodlandicon Woodland

Woodland cosmetic genes will produce dinosaurs with green skin patterns, and can be unlocked from the Research Centre by achieving a five star park on Isla Pena. It is derived from the DNA of the Smooth Green Snake, Opheodrys vernalis.

Trivia

Alpine

  • The Alpine coloration for the Evolution Troodon resembles a faded, subdued version of the Jurassic Park: The Game.
  • The Alpine pattern for the Spinoraptor resembles the Utahraptor from the 1999 documentary mini-series Walking With Dinosaurs.
  • The Alpine pattern for the Tyrannosaurus is similar to the Tyrannosaurus featured in the ITV series Prehistoric Park.
  • The Alpine coloration for the Velociraptor is similar to the Jurassic World film's Velociraptor, Blue, but without the blue streaks along her back.

Arid

  • The Arid pattern for the Velociraptor is similar to the Velociraptors featured in the original Jurassic Park film.
  • The Arid pattern for Allosaurus heavily resembles the Allosaurus seen in the 1999 BBC’s documentary of Walking with Dinosaurs. It is currently unknown if this was intentional or a coincidence.

Coastal

  • The Coastal pattern for the Allosaurus bears resemblance to the Carcharodontosaurus base color from Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, considered by many to be Jurassic World Evolution's spiritual predecessor. Additionally, it is also similar to the Allosaurus featured in the history channel documentary series Jurassic Fight Club.
  • The Coastal pattern for the Iguanodon bears resemblance to the North American Iguanodon, or Dakotadon lakotaensis, featured in the 1999 BBC documentary Walking with Dinosaurs.
  • The Coastal pattern for the Tyrannosaurus bears resemblance to the Carcharodontosaurus base color from Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, considered by many to be Jurassic World Evolution's spiritual predecessor. Also, it is similar to the description of Tyrannosaurus in the original novel, which described it as having mottled red-brown and dark brown skin. It also appears similar to the skin pattern used in the BBC documentary The Real T. rex by Chris Packham, as well as the newly updated model of the Tyrannosaurus featured in the survival simulation game Saurian.
  • The Coastal pattern for the Metriacanthosaurus bears resemblance to the Albertosaurus base color from Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, considered by many to be Jurassic World Evolution's spiritual predecessor.

Jungle

  • The Jungle skin became available for the Spinosaurus as a reward for the community hitting the donation reward for the 24h Frontier Charity Stream.
  • The Jungle pattern for the Styracosaurus is similar to the Styracosaurus (not Eema) featured in the Disney film Dinosaur.
  • The Jungle pattern for the Iguanodon resembles the Camptosaurus featured in the 2011 BBC documentary, Planet Dinosaur.
  • The Jungle pattern for the Pachycephalosaurus bears a resemblance to the unlockable skin for the Pachycephalosaurus in Warpath: Jurassic Park.

Rainforest

Savannah

Steppe

  • The Steppe pattern for the Apatosaurus bears a surprisingly strong resemblance to Littlefoot from The Land Before Time.
  • The Steppe pattern for the Brachiosaurus bears resemblance to the color of Brachiosaurus in the original Jurassic Park.
  • The Steppe pattern for the Iguanodon appears to be inspired by the North American variant of the Iguanodon seen in the Walking With Dinosaurs documentary.
  • The Steppe pattern for the Pachycephalosaurus bears a resemblance to the unlockable skin for the Pachycephalosaurus in Warpath: Jurassic Park.
  • The Steppe pattern for the Triceratops is identical to the Triceratops featured in the original Jurassic Park.
  • The Steppe pattern for the Troodon bears resemblance to the Troodon featured in nature documentary Dinosaur Planet in the episode "Little Das' Hunt".
  • Though an entirely different color, the Steppe pattern of the Tyrannosaurus is relatively similar in design to the Tyrannosaurus featured in the 1999 BBC documentary Walking with Dinosaurs.

Tundra

Vivid

  • A vivid skin was the first skin to be apart of a reward for a community event, specifically the vivid Stegosaurus.
  • The Vivid pattern for the Metriacanthosaurus is very similar to that of the Albertosaurus base colour from Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, considered by many to be Jurassic World Evolution's spiritual predecessor.

Wetland

  • The Wetland pattern for the Giganotosaurus bears resemblance to one of the Carcharodontosaurus seen in the documentary Dinosaur Planet in the episode "Alpha's Egg".
  • The Wetland pattern for the Tyrannosaurus also resembles the male T. rex from The Lost World: Jurassic Park. It also bears similarities, if not, is almost identical to the Tyrannosaurus pattern featured in Jurassic Park Operation Genesis, considered by many to be Jurassic World Evolution's spiritual predecessor.

Woodland

  • The Woodland pattern for the Iguanodon appears to be inspired by the European variant of the Iguanodon seen in the Walking With Dinosaurs documentary.
  • The Woodland pattern for the Parasaurolophus bears resemblance to the color of Parasaurolophus featured in Jurassic Park III.
  • The Woodland pattern for the Torosaurus is identical to the Torosaurus featured in both the 1999 BBC documentary and the Arena Spectacular of Walking with Dinosaurs.

Further Reading

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