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Jurassic Park InGen Files: Carnotaurus sastrei

Age: Late Cretaceous (around 70-75 million years ago)

Diet: Carnivorous (ambush predator)

Length: Quite a large theropod, at about 8 metres in length when full grown.

Weight: 1.6 - 2 tons

Notes:This odd-looking carnivore is easily distinguishable from any other dinosaur bred by InGen. The most distinctive features of Carnotaurus are the two thick horns above the eyes, and the extremely reduced forelimbs with four basic digits, though only the middle two of these end in finger bones, while the fourth is splint-like and features an external 'spur.' The fingers themselves are fused and immobile, and lacked claws. It is also characterized by its unusually long neck (compared to other abelisaurs), and its small head with box-shaped jaws. Carnotaurs eyes face forward, which is unusual in a dinosaur, and indicate excellent binocular vision and depth perception. There is a rather puzzling contrast between Carnotaurus’ deep, robust-looking skull and its shallow, slender lower jaw. It is a midsized animal by dinosaur standards, and can be found Isla Sorna. Carnotaurus is easily recognized because of its horns, which are slightly larger in males than in females.

Once InGen scientists realized that they were working with Carnotaur DNA, they decided upon a rather interesting engineering approach for the species. Apart from the standard procedure of splicing in certain genes of amphibian origin into the degraded ‘fossil’ theropod DNA, the researchers decided to also include chameleon DNA to repair some of the genes associated with skin (among other things) in the animal because they knew from fossil evidence that Carnotaurus had bumpy, chameleon like skin. It was unknown if the original Carnotaur could change color like a chameleon, or if it’s skin only superficially resembled that of the lizard (it’s possible that the prehistoric Carnotaurus used its color changing ability in mating rituals or to express its mood to a rival, but we can never be certain of this), but as a result (which was almost to be expected), Jurassic Park Carnotaurs have the ability to change skin color and texture in an incredibly unique way and quite rapidly so. As a side effect, they also have chameleon-like swivelling eyes, and though they lack the ability to shoot their tongues out at prey, their tongues are quite sticky to the touch and are still useful in capturing small animals that would otherwise have been just out of reach. They also have a row of keratinous dorsal osteoderms (spikes) which run along the neck, back and tail, which help break-up the animals’ profile – helping it blend into its environment perfectly and stalk unsuspecting prey. They are ambush predators, which stand absolutely still while perfectly mimicking the environment they are in, they have even been observed swaying in time with the leaves around them. It seems that this hunting method first appeared in the jungles of Isla Sorna, for the prehistoric Patagonian habitat of the Carnotaur was not as densely forested and the real animal was more likely to have chased its prey. However, they are still capable of bursting out of the undergrowth at great speeds and running down prey quite easily. They commonly hunt from dusk till dawn, and sleep during the day. When confused or upset they turn chalky white (as the park rangers soon discovered by shining a torch on them) but they can be found in many different colour phases.

Carnotaurus was the topic of much discussion between the InGen board members and Park management. InGen thought the Carnotaurs were distinctly interesting, and that they should be included in the Park tour, while the rangers found the animals quite difficult to control. Carnotaurus is one of the less studied dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, and to date, much of its behaviour is somewhat unknown.

I have yet to design a Skull logo for this animal. Work in Progress.

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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student Artist
Interesting.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Yeah :)
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Artist
Good for you.:nod:
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Digital Artist
Alrighty then. Unimpressed 
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xmdz Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Idea for displaying camouflage: have a Carnotaurus without anything behind it, and then a Carnotaurus with a background fence or something that shows through, with some sort of "camouflage" caption.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   Digital Artist

Yeah, I’m currently working on a re-make of this InGen File which is much more realistic. I’m actually quite happy with the way the new Carnotaurus has turned out. You can’t really tell that it has been spliced with chameleon DNA with the current version (at least not without looking at the DNA molecule and chameleon I’ve drawn in the bottom right), but the new version has some dead give-aways that it is part chameleon…

 

I was considering having the background be a dark forest with palm fronds/tree ferns hanging from above and a chain-link fence reaching half way up the page (www.psdgraphics.com/file/chain…, with the new Carnotaurus in the foreground sporting a pattern that somewhat matches both the leaves and the fence from background. How’s that?

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xmdz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That link doesn't work, but that's a good idea. I like it.

Slightly unrelated - the Carnotaurus wouldn't actually make that good of a chameleon/octopus dinosaur thanks to the scutes and armor on its skin...
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Miyess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   Digital Artist

Well in the novel it is described as a predator that hunts during the night/early morning hours, so the scutes/dermal armour would be hidden in the darkness and they could for the most part be buried in the skin. Also I’ve given the new version a ridge of scales that run along the back which would help to break up its’ outline and help it blend in…

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xmdz Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm...maybe its the recombinant stuff.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh yeah, definitely! The actual animal did not have these abilities. 

You're right about the scutes and armour, they would stand out a mile away... I don't think it mattered though; I vaguely remember a study that indicated that Carnotaurs were capable of great bursts of speed, and were most likely ambush hunters that burst out of the cover of trees and chased down anything that wandered past...

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xmdz Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I know about the camo being unnatural, I was talking about the lack of highly revealing scutes in the skin.

I've read about the speed-demon Carnos, it really makes them worthy of the title "Battering Rams with Teeth".
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Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember this guy from the TLW arcade game.He was so creepy...
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Miyess Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Digital Artist
fav.me/d50xfh8 It’s definitely one of the coolest JP dinosaurs. I don't know why it hasn't featured in one of the movies yet. I hope they introduce it in JPIV.
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Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah,Carno is the best abelisaur out there...There was also one in the TLW psx game,in a Compy level,but that one was more accurate than the arcade one
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Miyess Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   Digital Artist
I don't think I've seen that one. I like the Lost World Arcade game design the best.
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Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well,The Lost World also got many other game adaptations,but they were overshadowed by the arcade one...The one i'm talking about is this one:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost… more amazing about it is that the soundtrack was composed by Michael Giacchino,the very same genius behind Pixar's Up.
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DSlayerMinster Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you checked the portrayal in Primal Carnage? This thing could run at very fast speeds and headbutt it's prey to send it flying. Combined with the camouflage ability this theropod would be a formidable opponent to say the least.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012   Digital Artist
I am vaguely familiar with the Primal Carnage game.

My interpretation here is more in line with the Jurassic park SEGA Game [link] , and the description of Carnotaurus from the second novel. I have it as an ambush predator, but I’m sure it could certainly burst out of the trees at great spped and head-butt an unsuspecting prey item.
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Daikaiju-fanboy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
How in the devil did I miss this InGen File man?! This looks very good, and can't wait to see the next InGen File.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Lol, I'm not sure...

Thanks, I'm working n a re-make of the male JPIII raptor. It's much more accurate now...

But I'm pretty busy, I overloaded on subjects this semester (I'm doing four). If I pass all my subjects, and enrol and pass a paleontology course run during the summer break by a sister university to mine, then I will be able to graduate this year. So I've kind-of been really focused since getting back from Central Australia. I have a couple reports due, and I have to start setting up a research project (working with skinks, and how they evolve away their legs relatively easily)... Not to mention all the time I clock in at my part-time job each week.

But I have been sketching in what little free time I have. Not so much InGen Files related stuff, but still dinosaurs and such. I'm planning an Overhaul of my InGen Files series (Basically I want to get all species out of the Beta stage of development and into Alpha - a step closer the final product) and include some new species that I've been working on (T-rex, Allosaurus...), and revise the stories of each species slightly and such.
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Daikaiju-fanboy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
You're welcome, and it's good to see that you are being kept busy with school and work. When I'm not at my job, I'm off photographing animals at zoos that I visit whenever I got a day off from work. I got plans to go to the Cleveland Zoo at the end of the month to participate in a contest called Photo Safari where I could win some good prizes if my three best photos in certain categories get chosen. I also seen that quick sketch you made of a JP Dilophosaurus during a lecture, and I must say I like it very much.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks, I might end up adding it to the next version of my Dilophosaur InGen File...

Good luck with that contest.
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Daikaiju-fanboy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
You're welcome, and when I finally get another day off from my job with hopefully nothing big happening, work on selecting my pictures I took at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo for submission to the Photo Safari contest. I took over 546 pictures, and a fair majority of them are very good, with some being exceptional enough for me to consider submitting to the contest. The last thing I uploaded to DA was one of those pictures titled The Eye of The Beast, which is a shot I took of the eye of a female gharial named Peanut as her body was splayed alongside the glass.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   Digital Artist
What are your thoughts on the way I gave the carnotaur chameleon like eyes (like they had in the arcade game)?
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
awesome, I love these pics :D
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Miyess Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks man. :)

I'm currently working on many more InGen Files to be uploaded soon (stay tuned). I love the way you do theropod feet by the way, and Your JP Troodon is how I wish they made it look in the game...
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Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
oh yes, cant wait to see more :D
And thanks a lot :D
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Miyess Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Digital Artist
No problem :)
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Alpha-Dilophosaurus Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Carnotaurus and this is the best one I have seen!
also can I use the description for my own.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks :)

As for your request, I will need more information before I can say yes or no. If you want to copy/paste this description from here for yours, then I would have to say no. This description is very specific to the InGen Files, and I have put a lot of work in my InGen Files project (both the art and the story) to let someone just use the description...
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi, did you see my Carnotaurus ?
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Miyess Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes, sorry for not responding sooner, I’ve been pretty busy with uni work this past week...

It looks good, very similar to your old version though. I would have probably changed it slightly from the old version, maybe completely camouflage it in front of the trees, or show it hunting something...
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats cool :)

Ok i see, well i gonna do carno for my book and might think of this.
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
was there any change in the skull due to the chamelon dna?
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Miyess Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Not really, I tried to keep it true to the fossil skull, but chameleons (at least the common chameleon, the one I used) also have short box shaped skulls too...
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok :)
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Alloclaw Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Amazing!!!
:D :D :D
How big of prey could Carno take down. As in on Sorna
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Miyess Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :)

Maybe something the size of an Othnielia? [link] or Gallimimus...
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Jpislanublar Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
nice!
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Miyess Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you :bow:
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JurassicMedia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Awesome!
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Miyess Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :bow:
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love it. wonderfull work :) the chameleon turned out very good aswell.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)

It’s actually the first time I’ve ever drawn a chameleon. I still need to design a Carnotaur skull logo for the upper right corner, and I’m thinking about tweaking the Carnotaur a little in the next version (making it a little more slender/less robust, and tweaking the eye to make it look/feel more natural) but other than that, this it. I may do a full body Supplemental File soon as well... For now, I am happy with this as a concept.

Looking forward to seeing your Carnotaur.
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and it was very good for being the first time. do that since abelisaurus was robust yet slender, carnotaurus was built for speed, could possibly reach a speed of 50 km/h.


i will upload it tomorrow. it will not have chameleon eyes since i forgot to add that :P
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