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10 Things to Know About 22 Jump Street

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From Dartmouth style beer pong to on-set head butts, here are 10 things the directors and cast told us about making 22 Jump Street, out today.


Unlike the first Jump Street film, which the directors spent a year on before shooting, Lord says this film “came together really fast. [It] was just like ‘alright, we’re prepping. OK, here we go, oh no! Let’s rewrite the scene on the set.’ It had a looser feel in production.” It didn’t help that he and Miller were also working on The Lego Movie when they started on 22 Jump Street.

“It was so hard,” Lord says. “We were shooting for 14 hour days then we’d go home and be on our computers giving notes on dailies from The LEGO Movie.”

One company that was working on The LEGO Movie was based in Australia, which meant that someone was working on it 24/7, and, says Miller, “Often times we would get home from a shoot at 10:30 at night and start a conference call for another hour and a half before we went to bed. So it was really not something we would want to do again, two movies at the same time.”

But it did help that there were two directors on both projects: “If somebody was so sick and ill that they couldn’t work on it, the other one could pick up the slack,” Lord says.


“It’s very challenging to do sequels, especially for a comedy,” Lord says. “There aren’t that many that are great.” And so at first, he and Miller weren’t sure how to tackle a Jump Street sequel. But then they had a breakthrough. “We thought, ‘Well, maybe the idea of making a sequel rhymes with trying to keep your relationship going,’” Lord says. “They’re having to make a sequel to their relationship. What’s it like to make a sequel to the first time you fall in love with somebody? You can feel like you have to do something over and over. That’s something that every couple has to deal with.” Yes, even directing duos. “Maintaining the sort of freshness and fun and having a positive work and friendship that is something very close to home for us,” Miller says.

And like the first movie—which spent a lot of time poking fun at the idea of making a movie out of a TV show—22 spends plenty of time making fun of sequels. “There was a lot more of it in the script than what [is in the finished film],” Lord says.


For 21, the directors visited a high school to see what it was like, and, says Miller, “we were just flabbergasted by how different it was and how the social structure was so different” from when they were in high school. So for 22, the directors returned to their alma mater, Dartmouth, and visited a frat at UCLA to see how much things had changed since they had graduated 20 years ago. “It turns out, surprisingly not that much has changed,” Miller says. “It’s still about drinking to excess and working out and sports are still important culturally. College hasn’t caught up to high school yet.”


The opening action sequence has Tatum’s character, Jenko, jumping on top of—and running along—the roof of an 18-wheeler as it drives through the Port of New Orleans. Tatum did that stunt, and many others, himself. “Channing is really one of the best stunt men you’ll ever find,” Miller says. “The studio was nervous about him doing the more difficult stuff. There were a lot of arguments. Because if he broke his leg, we'd have to shut down production. Sometimes we just didn’t say anything and let him do it because he would be like, ‘I’m not going to have a stunt double jump from one rooftop to the other, I’ll do that!’ And we were like ‘oh god.’”

According to Tatum, he had just finished working on three very physically demanding films, so he knew he could handle the stunts in 22. “We used to do this stuff growing up, in a really unsafe manner, and now I get to do them with some of the best safety guys and stunt guys in the world. So you know, it’s just fun for me,” he says. “I played football like 10 years in my life so I wasn’t really worried about that. I was just worried about keeping my body together. I had two bum wheels on this so it was pretty disappointing to do football with like a rolled ankle that was taped up about this thick. And then I tore a ligament in my right foot. You’re like, ‘Oh man I get to play football again? And I can’t do it as well as I want to?’ It worked out. I haven’t seen all of it, but it looks OK.”

Hill also did some of his own stunts, but his approach was very different from Tatum’s. “I was more creatively inspired to think of the most clumsy way to do each stunt,” he says. “There’s some creative puzzling of that: Here’s how you obviously would do this, and here are the people to help you do it right. How can I completely mess that up? It’s so different from anything I’ve done, and it’s fun.”


“I had never worn football pads before, so I was excited,” Hill says. “The idea that you could, like, run into things or have someone run into you and it [wouldn’t] hurt as bad. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a helmet before in my life, so I let Channing headbutt me.”

Tatum was more than willing to play along: “We got a three point stance and I hit him. He took it pretty well.”


Lord says it is “most authentic beer pong playing to ever be committed to film,” played in the Dartmouth style. The two directors were the only ones who knew how to play beer pong that way, so they played with Tatum and another actor—off camera. “Some of our personal college experiences, we put them in there,” says Miller, who was in a frat in college.


In keeping with Hollywood’s tendency to make sequels bigger than the original film, 22 Jump Street majorly upgrades on 21’s action sequences. Though none were simple, the climactic scene, which features a helicopter, was particularly tough to pull off. In addition to dealing with actors and stunt men hanging in wires, they had the wind and the weather to contend with. “We filmed in Puerto Rico, where there’s a thunderstorm that comes by every hour on the hour,” Lord says. “So everyone squeegees the deck, and then you can shoot for 10 minutes. We had to send everything away. The helicopter can’t fly in the rain. It’s all a drag.”


Tatum and Hill are obviously great, but 22 Jump Street’s supporting cast more than holds their own. Ice Cube returns to play Captain Dickson, and Lord describes his as a “zen master. He’s steady and he has a really philosophical approach to his entire career.” According to Miller, “He is multi-talented, and as far as the scenes that he was in, he had strong opinions about what he thought his character was and he was a great guardian of who he thought Dickson was.” Cube also proved that he was great at improvising, adlibbing lines about his character’s awesome office and $1800 shoes.

Meanwhile, Workaholics star Jillian Bell joined the cast as Mercedes, the roommate of a girl Schmidt grows close to. “I’ve only seen one person [who was] able to make Jonah take a little step back, and that was Jillian,” Tatum says. “She just brings the pain. They would just battle it out.”

Hill agrees. “As one of the writers, I would say Jillian’s part was incredibly underwritten, not very fleshed out,” he says. “And when Jillian came in and auditioned and we started improvising, she made that part her own. She made that part great. It wasn’t written great.”

Other roles were filled by people Lord and Miller were fans of. “[It was just] ‘Let’s get as many funny voices into the movie as possible,’” Lord says. Craig Roberts, best known for his role in the 2010 film Submarine, plays Spencer. “Craig is amazing,” Lord says. “He shows up for a blip and he’s all over the DVD material.” And even if you don’t know H. Jon Benjamin’s face, you know his voice: He plays both Archer and Bob of Bob’s Burgers. “He plays a coach in Home Movies, which is an old TV show that we love,” Lord says. “For that it was a really ‘Oh my god, let’s cast him and we’ll get to hang out with him and maybe we’ll be friends.’”


Hill had idolized Cube since the rapper’s NWA days. “When we were writing the first [Jump Street], the first idea we wrote down was the person who wrote ‘F*** the Police’ would play the police chief in the film," Hill says. "He said yes, so when we were around him, I got to ask him any question I wanted about NWA or Three Kings or 'AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.' We got to ask him [about ‘It’s A Good Day’]—because there are theories that there is a day that it’s based on, which is not true, he told us.”

“It was really fun to watch Jonah around him,” Tatum says. “Cube’s, like, his childhood hero. It was really funny to watch them interact. He was wildly tolerant of all the questions.”

“Over two movies!” Hill says. “That’s, like, a full six months. I had to really go to the drawing board with new questions.”

According to Cube, among the questions Hill asked were what it was like to work with Big Daddy and Chuck D and to tour with Salt n Pepa. “I don’t mind,” Cube says. “If someone asks me questions, it just brings back memories that I usually have. I’ve been blessed to have a very vivid life of a lot of different things that are very interesting to people and it’s cool.”


No spoilers here, but 22 Jump Street’s closing credits might be the funniest you’ll ever see. “That’s all Phil and Chris and this company Alma Mater,” Hill says. “I think people loved the movie, but it needed one more thing. For a while, we just sat around and said ‘God, I just need one more thing at the end.’ And Phil and Chris had this idea and they just ran with it. It was done recently, in just one day. Those guys are so talented. They literally put that together in like a week. They did it right before we had to lock the movie.”

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10 Scientific Benefits of Being a Dog Owner

The bickering between cat people and dog people is ongoing and vicious, but in the end, we're all better off for loving a pet. But if anyone tries to poo-poo your pooch, know that there are some scientific reasons that they're man's best friend.


Dog snuggling on a bed with its person.

If cleaning commercials are to be believed, humanity is in the midst of a war against germs—and we shouldn't stop until every single one is dead. In reality, the amount of disinfecting we do is making us sicker; since our bodies are exposed to a less diverse mix of germs, our entire microbiome is messed up. Fortunately, dogs are covered in germs! Having a dog in the house means more diverse bacteria enters the home and gets inside the occupants (one study found "dog-related biodiversity" is especially high on pillowcases). In turn, people with dogs seem to get ill less frequently and less severely than people—especially children—with cats or no pets.


Child and mother playing with a dog on a bed.

While dog dander can be a trigger for people with allergies, growing up in a house with a dog makes children less likely to develop allergies over the course of their lives. And the benefits can start during gestation; a 2017 study published in the journal Microbiome found that a bacterial exchange happened between women who lived with pets (largely dogs) during pregnancy and their children, regardless of type of birth or whether the child was breastfed, and even if the pet was not in the home after the birth of the child. Those children tested had two bacteria, Ruminococcus and Oscillospira, that reduce the risk of common allergies, asthma, and obesity, and they were less likely to develop eczema.


Woman doing yoga with her dog.

Everything about owning a dog seems to lend itself to better heart health. Just the act of petting a dog lowers heart rate and blood pressure. A 2017 Chinese study found a link between dog ownership and reduced risk of coronary artery disease, while other studies show pet owners have slightly lower cholesterol and are more likely to survive a heart attack.


Person running in field with a dog.

While other pets have positive effects on your health as well, dogs have the added benefit of needing to be walked and played with numerous times a day. This means that many dog owners are getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, lowering their risk of cardiovascular disease.


Woman cuddling her dog.

Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than non-pet owners. Even for those people who are clinically depressed, having a pet to take care of can help them out of a depressive episode. Since taking care of a dog requires a routine and forces you to stay at least a little active, dog owners are more likely to interact with others and have an increased sense of well-being while tending to their pet. The interaction with and love received from a dog can also help people stay positive. Even the mere act of looking at your pet increases the amount of oxytocin, the "feel good" chemical, in the brain.


Large bulldog licking a laughing man.

Not only does dog ownership indirectly tell others that you're trustworthy, your trusty companion can help facilitate friendships and social networks. A 2015 study published in PLOS One found that dogs can be both the catalyst for sparking new relationships and also the means for keeping social networks thriving. One study even showed that those with dogs also had closer and more supportive relationships with the people in their lives.


Man high-fiving his dog.

Your dog could save your life one day: It seems that our canine friends have the ability to smell cancer in the human body. Stories abound of owners whose dogs kept sniffing or licking a mole or lump on their body so they got it checked out, discovering it was cancerous. The anecdotal evidence has been backed up by scientific studies, and some dogs are now trained to detect cancer.


Woman working on a computer while petting a dog.

The benefits of bringing a dog to work are so increasingly obvious that more companies are catching on. Studies show that people who interact with a pet while working have lower stress levels throughout the day, while people who do not bring a pet see their stress levels increase over time. Dogs in the office also lead to people taking more breaks, to play with or walk the dog, which makes them more energized when they return to work. This, in turn, has been shown to lead to much greater productivity and job satisfaction.


Man running in surf with dog.

The kind of dog you have says a lot about your personality. A study in England found a very clear correlation between people's personalities and what type of dogs they owned; for example, people who owned toy dogs tended to be more intelligent, while owners of utility dogs like Dalmatians and bulldogs were the most conscientious. Other studies have found that dog owners in general are more outgoing and friendly than cat owners.


A young boy having fun with his dog.

Though one 2003 study found that there was no link between pet ownership and empathy in a group of children, a 2017 study of 1000 7- to 12-year-olds found that pet attachment of any kind encouraged compassion and positive attitudes toward animals, which promoted better well-being for both the child and the pet. Children with dogs scored the highest for pet attachment, and the study notes that "dogs may help children to regulate their emotions because they can trigger and respond to a child's attachment related behavior." And, of course, only one pet will happily play fetch with a toddler.

A version of this story originally ran in 2015.

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16 Prehistoric Creatures You’ll See In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Chris Pratt meets the vicious T. rex in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Chris Pratt meets the vicious T. rex in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
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The sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World ups the ante with a huge roster of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and marine reptiles. While some are familiar favorites (see: T. rex), others have never been seen in a major motion picture before. Pull off your nostalgia goggles and let’s take a look at what modern science has to say about the long-gone animals of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.


Lived: 68 to 66 million years ago in North America

Diet: Carnivore

Maximum Length: 40 feet

Name Means: “Tyrant lizard”

Apparently, the most popular dinosaur of all time wasn’t above cannibalism: Multiple Tyrannosaurus rex bones have bite marks on them that match the teeth of other tyrannosaurid species. Debate has arisen over the issue of T. rex plumage. University of Alberta paleontologist Scott Persons recently compared tiny skin impressions left behind by Tyrannosaurus and its close cousins Gorgosaurus, Daspletosaurus, and Tarbosaurus. These reveal that the dinos had pebbly scales, but the samples contain no evidence of feathers. Keep in mind though that the skin impressions only represent small patches of the dinosaurs’ tails, necks, abdomens, and pelvises—so Tyrannosaurus might’ve had feathers elsewhere on its body. For the record, Persons thinks the giant carnivore would still look “pretty cool and plenty scary” with a little fuzz. “[Nobody] ever complained that tigers weren’t scary, and they’re fluffy,” he said.


Artistic interpretation of an individual of A. louisae arching its neck down to drink
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Lived: 155 to 150 million years ago in North America

Diet: Herbivore.

Maximum length: 80 feet

Name means: “Deceptive lizard”

In 1879, an unidentified sauropod (a long-necked dinosaur) was found in Wyoming. At first, this creature was given the name Brontosaurus excelsus but in 1903, paleontologist Elmer Riggs rechristened it as Apatosaurus excelsus (the Apatosaurus had been described before the Brontosaurus, so the name had precedence). A few scientists now think the Brontosaurus and Apatosarus actually are distinct and the much better-known name ought to be reinstated for that particular group, but others disagree. Regardless, Apatosaurus was pretty awesome. Some of its bones were pneumatic and the body contained a number of air sacs. Such traits would’ve made the big plant-eater very lightweight for an animal of its size. Apatosaurus may have also been able to break the sound barrier by cracking its sinuous tail like a bullwhip.


Lived: 68 to 66 million years ago in North America

Diet: Herbivore

Maximum length: 29 feet

Name means: “Three-horned face”

Give credit where it’s due: Look at the baby Triceratops in Fallen Kingdom and you may notice that the horns above its eyes curve backward ever so slightly. This is scientifically accurate. The brow horns of Triceratops newborns were tiny bumps which bent backward during the adolescent years. Then they changed course and bowed forward while the animals matured. Puncture wounds and lesions on the skulls of adult Triceratops tell us these animals locked horns in head-to-head combat. Triceratops was constantly replacing its teeth, which were arranged in tight clusters and most likely used to shear through fibrous vegetation.


Lived: 75 to 66 million years ago in China

Diet: Herbivore

Maximum length: 19 feet

Name means: “Chinese horned face”

A newcomer to the Jurassic Park films, Sinoceratops first came to light during a 2008 fossil-hunting excursion into China’s Shandong Province. It belongs to the same family as Triceratops and was the first member of this group to be found in Chinese rock. Small, forward-bending horns lined the top of its frill, which was proportionally smaller than that of Triceratops. A single cone-shaped horn sat over the nostrils.


Lived: 155.7 to 150 million years ago in North America and Portugal and possibly elsewhere

Diet: Carnivore

Maximum length: 28 (or possibly 35) feet

Name means: “Different lizard”

In one of the trailers for Fallen Kingdom, a running Allosaurus falls flat on its face. The dinosaur was no stranger to injury in real life. Cracked ribs, broken arms, and badly-infected toes are just a few of the medical maladies that Allosaurus skeletons have been preserved with. Selected as Utah’s official state fossil in 1988, Allosaurus is one of the most commonly found predatory dinos in the American west. Strong neck muscles may have allowed the carnivore to disembowel prey by pulling its head backward in a falcon-esque tugging motion. And here’s something we’d really like to see on the silver screen: According to a 2015 study, Allosaurus could possibly open its jaws at a nightmarish 92-degree angle.


Lived: 70 to 66 million years ago in Europe and North America

Diet: Carnivore

Maximum length: 56 feet

Name means: “Lizard of the Meuse River” (It was first discovered along this European river in 1764.)

Mosasaurus wasn’t a dinosaur; it’s more closely related to snakes and monitor lizards than it is to any of the other creatures you’ll read about here. Both Jurassic World flicks show the marine reptile leaping high out of the water to snag unwary prey. According to mosasaur expert Michael J. Everhart though, these animals didn’t have the tail strength or speed to pull off such an athletic feat. Mosasaurus is the most famous member (and the namesake genus) of the mosasaur superfamily. Late in the age of dinosaurs, these were some of the ocean’s major predators. They probably swam like gigantic crocodiles, keeping their flippers pressed against the body. Fossil evidence tells us that mosasaurs gave birth to live young at sea and at least some of them had vertically-fluked tails.


Lived: 88 to 80.5 million years ago in central North America

Diet: Carnivore (probable fishing specialist)

Maximum wingspan: 20 feet (or possibly 24 feet)

Name means: “Toothless wing”

Here’s another non-dinosaur for you. Good old Pteranodon was a kind of North American pterosaur. What’s that, you ask? Pterosaurs were flying reptiles that patrolled the skies from 228 to 66 million years ago. Long before birds or bats took to the air, pterosaurs became the first vertebrate animals to ever achieve powered flight. The good people of Kansas designated Pteranodon itself as one of their official state fossils in 2014. Back in this animal’s heyday, there was a vast inland sea which covered most of the Great Plains, splitting North America in two. Pteranodon may have behaved like a modern albatross, using its narrow wings to soar for vast distances on air currents above the ocean waves. The creatures were apparently keen on seafood: Pteranodon skeletons are sometimes found with masses of fish bones in their throats and stomachs. We may never know how they captured prey, but one idea can be dismissed outright: Not a single known pterosaur had opposable toes, so Pteranodon couldn’t have grabbed things with its feet like the genetically-engineered flyers in Jurassic World do.


Bryce Dallas Howard and Justice Smith are trapped by the Carnotaurus in 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' (2018)
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Lived: 72 to 69 million years ago in Argentina

Diet: Carnivore

Maximum length: 25 feet

Name means: “Meat-eating bull"

Carnotaurus didn’t show up in the first four Jurassic Park movies, but Michael Crichton wrote the horned creature into his 1995 novel The Lost World. The book depicts Carnotaurus as a nocturnal hunter that can change colors like an overgrown cuttlefish. There’s no reason to put any stock in this idea, but the real Carnotaurus was not without its quirky attributes—including its forelimbs. While T. rex gets a lot of flack for its meager arms, those of Carnotaurus are proportionately smaller, and the Argentine dino didn’t even have any wrist bones. On the flip side, Carnotaurus’s strong legs and powerful tail would’ve made it a gifted sprinter. Skin impressions reveal that its back, neck, and tail were studded with bony knobs, much like the ones Carnotaurus shows off in Fallen Kingdom.


Lived: 70 million years ago in Mongolia

Diet: Probable omnivore

Maximum length: 20 feet

Name means: “Chicken mimic”

Gallimimus belongs to an ostrich-like family of dinosaurs known as the ornithomimids. Though it lacks plumage in the Jurassic movies, real ornithomimids were covered in fuzzy down as youngsters and the adults grew long feathers on their arms. Gallimimus and its brethren couldn’t fly, but their showy, wing-like forelimbs could’ve been used to help them attract mates. Ornithomimids compensated for their lack of teeth by swallowing rocks, which ground up food in the stomach. Exactly what they ate is unclear, though most paleontologists think the ostrich mimics were either omnivorous or herbivorous.


Lived: 155 to 140 million years ago in North America

Diet: Herbivore

Maximum length: 72 feet

Name means: “Arm lizard”

Even though it’s poorly represented in the fossil record, Brachiosaurus is well-known to the general public. This is largely due to its breakout role in the first Jurassic Park movie. The Brachiosaurus in that classic film hold their elongated necks in an almost vertical position, and this depiction might not be too far off. A 2010 biomechanical analysis argued that browsing on treetops would’ve been a more energy-efficient option for Brachiosaurus-like sauropods than holding their necks horizontally and eating ground-level plants. It’s interesting to think about the behemoth’s cardiovascular system: In order to pump blood up that lengthy neck and into the head, Brachiosaurus may have required a gigantic heart weighing in the neighborhood of 880 pounds.


Lived: 68 to 66 million years ago in North America

Diet: Herbivore

Maximum length: 21 feet

Name means: “Curved lizard”

We know this formidable animal had a backside covered in bony plates; yet because no one’s ever found a complete Ankylosaurus skeleton, scientists disagree about how the armor was arranged. The 19-inch-wide club on its tail was probably a weapon. Using CT scans and anatomical measurements, a Canadian research team estimated that a large Ankylosaurus club could strike its target with enough force to break bones. Evolution made some of the tail vertebrae in these dinosaurs stiff and inflexible so they could support their heavy clubs. A hammer needs its handle after all.


Lived: 68 to 66 million years ago in North America

Diet: Probable herbivore

Maximum length: 10 feet

Name means: “Styx devil”

It’s kind of ironic that Stygimoloch is mentioned by name in Fallen Kingdom’s promo videos. Paleontologist John R. “Jack” Horner has worked as a consultant for all five Jurassic Park films. He thinks that Stygimoloch is nothing more than the juvenile version of the thick-headed dinosaur Pachycephalosaurus, which lived at the same time and place. (You may remember the latter’s cameo in 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park.) This would render the name Stygimoloch invalid. Horner’s argument is supported by the trademark feature of both dinos: the iconic domes on the top of their craniums. Stygimoloch’s skull bones were not fully fused together, suggesting the animal had a lot of growing to do. CT scans have also shown that Stygimoloch’s dome was significantly thinner than that of Pachycephalosaurus. Perhaps these dinos used their special skulls to flank each other—or maybe the thick noggins were designed for heavy-duty headbutts. For his part, Horner has proposed that these were used for identification.


Mounted skeleton of Stegosaurus stenops in right lateral view at the Natural History Museum, London.
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Lived: 155 to 150 million years ago in North America and Portugal

Diet: Herbivore

Maximum length: 23 feet

Name means: “Roof lizard”

Nobody knows what to make of the bony plates on Stegosaurus’s back. If self-defense was their purpose, why do they project upward from the spine, leaving the flanks of this vegetarian wide open? And why do the plates of other spiky-tailed dinosaurs in its family have radically different shapes? One hypothesis is that these bizarre accessories were used to attract mates—much like the peacock’s gaudy tail feathers. Maybe they also helped the small-headed herbivores recognize other members of their own kind from afar. The quartet of spikes on Stegosaurus’s tail were almost certainly used to ward off attackers. Live Stegosaurus got plenty of mileage out of these weapons: One survey, which compared 51 individual spikes, reported that just under 10 percent had been broken and re-healed at the tip.


Lived: 150 million years ago in Germany and France

Diet: Carnivore

Maximum length: Four feet

Name means: “Elegant jaw”

Only two skeletons of this dinosaur have ever been discovered, both of which were found with the remains of tiny lizards tucked inside their rib cages. That’s a pretty far cry from the scene in The Lost World: Jurassic Park where a swarm of “Compies” gobble up the man who’s been tormenting them with a cattle prod. But we digress. Named in 1859, Compsognathus used to be the smallest type of non-avian dinosaur known to science. It no longer retains this title, as the creature would’ve dwarfed some more recently-discovered dinos like the 15-inch Mongolian Parvicursor.


Bryce Dallas Howard and Justice Smith encounter the Baryonyx in 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' (2018)
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Lived: 130-125 million years ago in England, Spain, and Portugal

Diet: Carnivore

Maximum length: 25 feet

Name means: “Heavy claw”

Sail-backed Spinosaurus was the main villain in 2001's Jurassic Park III—a casting choice that irked plenty of fans. Baryonyx was a close relative of this beast who now joins Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Mesozoic ensemble. Preserved stomach contents have shown that Baryonyx ate fish as well as the herbivorous dinosaur Iguanodon. On each hand, Baryonyx had a 12-inch hooked claw that served an unknown purpose. (Artists like to imagine it as a fishing tool.) The animal’s conical teeth look well-equipped for grabbing hold of slippery prey. Despite the narrowness of its snout, Baryonyx’s jaws were able to withstand a great deal of bending and torsion.


Chris Pratt with a baby Velociraptor in 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' (2018)
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Lived: 85 to 70 million years ago in Mongolia and China

Diet: Carnivore

Maximum length: 7 feet

Name means: “Swift thief”

Velociraptor stood less than two feet tall at the hip and weighed around 55 pounds. Michael Crichton’s description of the animal was inspired by its bigger cousin, Deinonychus. Even that dinosaur was smaller than the man-sized predators of Jurassic Park, though. Both Velociraptor and Deinonychus were dromaeosaurs: bird-like carnivores with bony rods in their tails and sickle-shaped toe claws. (When we say “bird-like,” we mean it: Dromaeosaurs are thought to be some of our feathered friends’ closest relatives. Many had plumage; Velociraptor itself came with sizable feathers on each arm.)

The notion that they hunted in packs can be traced back to the maverick paleontologist John Ostrom of Yale. During the 1960s, he worked at a Montana dig site where four Deinonychus were found around the body of a larger herbivore named Tenontosaurus. Ostrom’s belief that dromaeosaurs hunted in organized groups gained traction with scientists and novelists alike. A newer interpretation of the data is that the dinos lived alone and at most occasionally came together to mob vulnerable plant-eaters.


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