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Jurassic Park InGen Files: Tylosaurus proriger

Age: Late Cretaceous (Turonian-Maastrichtian)

Diet: Carnivore

Length: Around 15 meters when full grown.

Mosasaurs were large, 15 meter long aquatic carnivores from the Late Cretaceous about 90-65 million years ago. The name means 'Meuse Lizard', referring to where the first fossils were found. They prey on a range of sea birds, sharks, large fish, and other marine reptiles.

Mosasaurs breathed air, they were powerful swimmers, and were well-adapted to living in the warm, shallow epicontinental seas prevalent during the Late Cretaceous Period. Mosasaurs were so well adapted to this environment that they gave birth to live young, rather than return to the shore to lay eggs, as sea turtles do. They had a body shape similar to that of modern-day monitor varanid lizards, but were more elongated and streamlined for swimming. Their limb bones were reduced in length and their paddles were formed by webbing between their elongated digit-bones. Their tails were broad, and supplied the locomotive power. Rather than snake-like undulatory movement, the body probably remained relatively stiff to improve hydrodynamic efficiency through the water while the end of the tail provided strong propulsion. The animals lurk and rapidly pounce on passing prey, rather than hunting for it. Mosasaurs had a double-hinged jaw and flexible skull (much like that of a snake), which enabled them to gulp down their prey almost whole, a snakelike habit...


After realizing that the DNA he was working with was not from a dinosaur, but a Mosasaur, Dr. Wu began work on breeding a Mosasaur. Obtaining DNA from sea creatures is rare to say the least, since there are no mosquitoes to suck Mosasaur blood out at sea. He theorized that at some point during the Cretaceous, a Mosasaur must have beached itself and a mosquito took the blood meal then. It was very difficult working with the Mosasaur genome as it was extremely fragmentary. Wu filled in the genetic gaps with amphibian DNA which was a perfect match with most species (especially when repairing degraded sex chromosomes). He also filled other gaps in the Mosasaur genome with Monitor lizard, and sea-snake DNA as Mosasaurs are varanoids and thus closely related to both monitor lizards and snakes.
 


It is strongly suspected that it was a Mosasaur (or some other marine reptile) that attacked and killed the people in the boat during the events of the 2001 incident.

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TrefRex Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Not only was the mosasaur that InGen cloned was responsible for the attack and death on the illegal parasailing crew in 2001, but it may have also been responsible for the missing fishermen that got to close to Isla Sorna and never returned.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015   Digital Artist
Agreed on the first point, but I don't think it would have bee solely responsible for the missing fishermen that gave the islands their name.

Here's why; When InGen was operating on Sorna, they would have maintained a quarantine zone so to speak (what's the point of buying a secret island to conduct illegal genetic research on if any guy with a boat can just sail right up to it an take a look?). I would expect that they kept the mosasaur in a deep water lagoon with a heavy duty shark net below water and a tall electric fence above stopping it from swimming out into the ocean or jumping over the net to freedom. The islands only got their name after hurricane Clarissa hit and InGen abandoned Sorna. As we know, the workers sabotaged their own locking mechanisms and freed all the animals as they left. The Costa Rican fishermen would now be able to come a shore to rest/gather water, timber etc. on long fishing trips. With many never returning, the legends grew and over time the islands became known as the five deaths. I'm not saying the mosasaur didn't contribute to this (the Mosasaur would have probably remained close to Sorna certainly attacking any small boat it came across, but I suspect it also patrolled the waters around the other four islands in the chain), I'm just saying I don't think it was solely responsible...  
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TrefRex Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Oh! Ok

good story on Site B
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acepredator Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I think whatever went for that boat was a huge aquatic predator, could have been anything.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015   Digital Artist
Agreed. :)
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It can be labeled Tylosaurus. nublarensis since this Tylosaurus is likely a genetically spliced specimen, since apparently Mosasaurs didn't have any spikes or armor plating on their back in reality.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014   Digital Artist
I guess, though I don’t see the point really.

I mean, it’s done with some JP species where there is obvious genetic tampering like the Dilophosaurs, but then again; ALL Jp species have had foreign DNA spliced into their genomes – So why is the T-rex still referred to as Tyrannosaurus rex and not Tyrannosaurus rex ranaenisis (rana = frog genus name)?

Also, I’m getting pretty sick of fans sticking sornaensis or nublarensis after insert genus name here bred by InGen. We only refer to the two raptor breeds like that because that is the order we saw them in the movies (Let’s not kid ourselves), and sure people can argue that JP scientists maybe referred to Velociraptor nublarensis as such because they were the ones that eventually got green lit to be sent to Nublar and the other ones were left on Sorna (though it’s a slight stretch), but honestly you’d think they be more creative with species names – you can’t go around calling everything nublarensis or sornaensis.

I’ve made a case here that the armour is due to the JP Mosasaurs having crocodile DNA spliced into their genomes. Personally I think Tylosaurus proriger works fine, but if you must change it I’m sure something like Tylosaurus porosus would be an acceptable name.

That’s my two cents on the topic. :twocents:
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A 1 foot version of this woul dmake a cool creature for as a pet. Like a piranha
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Miyess Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014   Digital Artist
In the book, InGen was planning just that. They would also design the animals so that they could only eat InGen made food (or they would die) and make a whole lot of money...
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool
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jurassiccheif Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
that's the dinosaur from the 2012 jurassic park game

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Miyess Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Not actually a dinosaur, it’s a Mosasaur – a marine reptile (more closely related to monitor lizards than dinosaurs). But yes, it did feature in the recent Telltales JP game.
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice, i also first thought it was spinosaurus that killed them but now with the introduction of Mosasaurus it makes a lot more sense.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   Digital Artist
I should draw a scene of the Mosasaur attacking that boat in the mist...
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that would be very nice, i cant wait.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm not that good with drawing people, but I'll see what I can do. As of now it is on my to do list...
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Hellraptor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
similar to me, it goes to drawing a arm or leg sticking out from a dinos mouth ;)
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmm if it was a mosasaur it would of sank the boat...
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Not necessarily; it have half jumped out of the water (when the boat was under the clouds which is why Ben and Eric did not see anything) and landing on the metal bars (which is why the metal was all bent and the shade cloth ripped to shreds), it snatched one of the me of the deck of the boat (which is why there was some blood there) and in the process knocked the other guy off the side.

If the Mosasaur fully jumped out of the water and landed on the boat, then yes it would have probably sank it. But there was a nudge first (like a shark nudging a prey item) that Ben and Eric felt, and then a great yank on the rope when it half jumped out of the water not fully landing on the deck of the boat....

I have long suspected that it was actually some form of marine reptile, also possibly a plesiosaur or a whole pod of them that attacked the boat. InGen bred them, and set them loose into the shallow waters surrounding Isla Sorna when they abandoned the island. They managed to keep up with the boat (thanks to their hydrodynamic streamlined bodies) and used their long necks to reach out of the water and snatch the men off the vessel. The tears in the shade cloth were made by them during the attack. When the cloud cover was passed, Eric and Ben saw an empty, tattered boat...

Some people have suggested that it was the Spinosaurus! :roll:

My explanations make much more sense...
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay, and a spinosaurs! i dont think a spinosaurs can swim that far out to sea
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Nah, it probably could. I mean it was just a shallow lagoon, probably no deeper than fifty or sixty meters at its deepest point. The Spinosaur could very well swim out there, but it’s quite unlikely that it did; as we already know from infrared data that the large predators stick to the center of the island, where they have set put their respective territories...
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, i always thought it was pteranodon that attacked them.. ;)
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Why? the Pteranodon were locked away, save for the smaller toothless breed seen at the end of The Lost world...
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah its because of the ones in the lost world :)
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Miyess Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Digital Artist
What damage could those things do?! They're small and toothless. I don't see them as being able to break the metal support for the shade cloth on the boat and carry the two guys away... And if it was them, then why did they not fly up to the paraglider and attack Ben and Eric as well?! That explanation makes no sense at all...
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Daikaiju-fanboy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I like everything about this picture, from the much more accurate mosasaur to the undersea background. Amazing pic and good job on making a better looking mosasaur.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! You know, I was worried how people would take this... I wanted it to still have the same feel as the Telltale Mosasaur, but there were a few things that they got very worng that I simply had to fix.

Do you think the tail should be a bit thicker, and maybe a tad shorter?
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Daikaiju-fanboy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
I think the tail is just fine, but you could make it thicker and slightly shorter if you want to do it that way. You certainly managed to correct the visual mistakes Telltale's Mosasaur had and still at the same time maintain the same feel.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks :)

It’s not because I want to do it that way, it’s because I’m trying to have it resemble the Telltale monstrosity to some extent and yet not so much that it too becomes overly inaccurate (we’re still taking JP creatures here, they are all transgenics; so a little inaccuracy is to be expected)...

The Game Mosasaur was quite robust, and I want to give mine that look as well to some extent.
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Daikaiju-fanboy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Makes sense now that you mentioned it.
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing!!!!!!!!!
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome :)
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beastisign Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
Beautiful's the word. ^ ^
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you :)

I tried to keep it looking a bit like the Telltale Mosasaur, but fix their mistakes and make it more scientifically accurate...
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beastisign Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hellz yeah!
I like this one way more!
Just since you decided to make it more... natural looking.
I mean, the cinematic design of the Mosasaur from the game was fine! Only I'd prefer a more... realistic look. Like it'd actually live in a prehistoric earth.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Then you agree with Dr. Wu...
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beastisign Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
lol naww.... maybe... uh... o.O
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utd7 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
this looks magnificent and much more scientifically accurate than the game one. I also love the background which is sort of like the sea bed.
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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utd7 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
is this a beta?
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:iconmiyess:
Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Could be...
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utd7 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
what's next in the Ingen files line?
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DOTB18 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
If you'd like to know, it's been identified as Tylosaurus [link]
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks for the info, I fixed it now. Do you think the tail should be a bit thicker, and maybe shorter?
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JurassicMedia Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Looks totally awesome!
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Miyess Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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