|Now, you'd think a mouthful of teeth would be scary enough, but this animal – the Dimorphodon – actually has two distinct types of teeth in its jaws. And it flies! Well, more accurately, glides.
Dimorphodon was one of the species intended to be exhibited in the original Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, however, it had not been cloned at the time of the 1993 incident. A 1996 asset catalogue of the dinosaurs present on Nublar and InGen's Site B facility on Isla Sorna, reported that 36% of the Dimorphodon genome had been completed.
Dimorphodon was later cloned by InGen for Jurassic World on Isla Nublar, where it lived alongside Pteranodon in the Jurassic World Aviary. During the 2015 incident, the Aviary was compromised by the rampaging Indominus rex, allowing the pterosaur population to escape and attack the park guests. After the incident, all surviving Dimorphodon were left to roam wild across the island. In 2016, they were using the Lookout Point of the Gondola Lift as their nesting ground, where they were encountered by the survivors of Camp Cretaceous, Jurassic World's resident summer camp.
Dimorphodon was a mid-sized pterosaur from the Early Jurassic of Europe. It was a specialized pterosaur with a large skull, short wings, and large claws. Like other non-pterodactyloid pterosaurs it had a long tail, which may have had a triangular vane on the end.
Dimorphodon was once thought to have been a marine piscivore, but studies have shown it was more adapted to living in trees, climbing in a hopping motion similar to modern squirrels. It is thought to have been a generalist predator of small animals like insects, lizards, and early mammals. It was a poor flier, similar to a modern chicken.
Behind the scenes
The design of the Dimorphodon is based on the animal's first movie appearance in 2015's Jurassic World. In order to create the animal, movie assets provided by Universal Pictures were used in order to create the most authentic representation of the animal.
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