“Diplodocus. It's fun, right? Diplodocus. I mean the name, Diplodocus... it's fun to say.”
Diplodocus is a genus of diplodocid dinosaur that originated from Late Jurassic North America. Among the most easily identifiable dinosaurs and perhaps the longest known sauropod, a sick Diplodocus is transported to the park on Isla Muerta during the Science Division's mission on the island, though the species itself becomes available to breed by the Hammond Foundation on Isla Tacaño. Through Dr. Henry Wu's research, the genome of the Diplodocus was used, in addition to the Ankylosaurus to create the Ankylodocus hybrid.
Of the sauropods available for Jurassic World operations in the Muertes Archipelago, Diplodocus is relatively easy to care for, requiring comparatively low amounts of forest. However, they still require greater areas of grassland than smaller herbivores, which in turn allows them to tolerate larger groups of other dinosaurs in the same exhibit. Like other sauropods, Diplodocus eat exclusively from Tall Herbivore Feeders.
Diplodocus was once a relatively common sauropod in Jurassic North America. Discovered in 1878, and soon became one of the most famous dinosaurs in the world thanks to mass-produced casts of the almost complete type fossil, nicknamed 'Dippy'. These casts were shipped to museums all around the world.
Diplodocus is a part of the diplodocidae family, which also includes the equally popular Apatosaurus from the same formation and time. They both have similar peg-like teeth in an elongated head, which was used to rake leaves where they would be ground down in the stomach by gastroliths, stones the dinosaur swallowed. Diplodocus lived alongside a myriad of other dinosaurs, such as other sauropods Brachiosaurus, Camarasaurus and Apatosaurus, the armored Stegosaurus, the ornithopods Dryosaurus and Camptosaurus and as well as the carnivorous theropods Ornitholestes, Ceratosaurus, and Allosaurus which would have been its main threat.
In the real world, Diplodocus could use its tail like a whip for defense against predators and as a counterbalance when it rears up on its hind legs when reaching high up into the treetops.
- Diplodocus was first reliably confirmed on Jun 4th, 2018 in a video.
- Diplodocus was intended to be in Jurassic Park Operation Genesis, but was ultimately scrapped due to time constraints.
- Despite Diplodocus being a specialized ground feeder in real life, in Jurassic World Evolution they eat from tall herbivore feeders.
- The spines on Diplodocus's back are now thought to have been scattered across its back rather than in a single iguana-like row.
- The base, Arid, and Tundra skins of Diplodocus are similar to the Diplodocus featured in the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs.
- Diplodocus literally means "Double Beam".
Diplodocus on Wikipedia