‘Jurassic World’ can’t just be all raptors and T-rexs. As much as we love those guys, we’ve seen them before in the three previous ‘Jurassic Park’ movies. We need a new dino villain. Enter: Indominus Rex. Previously referred to as “Diabolus Rex”, this new dinosaur is rumored to be a hybrid creation with the sole design to increase the flagging attendance at the Jurassic World theme park. This, as you might expect, goes horribly wrong. Up until now, all we know about Indominus is what was hinted at in the first teaser, and that he’s one bad mother. But, now, thanks to the official ‘Jurassic World’ web site, we know a little bit more about this monster.
Here’s what the official bio page has to say about this new dinosaur:
We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered. At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from Theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Giganotosaurus. Fearsome indeed.
Indominus’ roar is estimated to reach 140-160db—the same as a 747 taking off and landing. And it can reach speeds of 30 mph...while confined to its enclosure. Come experience Indominus Rex for yourself beginning this summer. If you dare.
“Hammond Creation Lab” would seem to confirm the news that this dinosaur is the result of monkeying around with DNA and nothing God intended. One other factoid from the site: “Indominus’ teeth are being constantly replaced—a genetic distinction common to all Theropods as well as nearly all sharks.” Is it possible that scientists were dumb enough to merge dinosaur and shark DNA to create one Uber-Spielberg creature?
Below, you can get your first glimpse at Indominus (albeit one clouded in smoke and shadows), as well as concept art of its paddock (cheekily noted as opening in summer of 2015). Hopefully we’ll see more of this guy in the Super Bowl trailer debuting this Sunday.
‘Jurassic World’ opens in theaters on June 12.