SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 17, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A historic Utah resident has a big role in the latest entry in the Jurassic Park film franchise.
The performer is set to star in Jurassic Park Dominion, which is out this summer, according to the University of Utah. Which has a bias, of course, as some of the screen star’s remains are kept on campus at the U of Utah’s Natural History Museum.
Say hello to Nasutorerattops titusi, one of the many dinosaurs featured in Dominion. “One of the most impressive dinosaurs to appear in the Jurassic World Dominion is the horned dinosaur Nasutoceratops titusi,” according to the U.
“With its sweeping curved brow horns, this Triceratops cousin resembles Texas longhorn cattle. Brought to life in the film by CGI magic, this animal was actually a real species that lived about 76 million years ago, not in Texas, but right here in Utah.”
The monster has a central role in the film, the university said in a press release, promising no spoilers. “Nasutoceratops is unique to our state, having only been found in rocks of the Kaiparowits Formation of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
“Furthermore, the only original fossils of this species are found here in the collections of the Natural History Museum of Utah. Only one definitive Nasutoceratops skull has ever been discovered, along with two more fragmentary specimens that may belong to the same species. You can see the reconstructed skull at NHMU’s famous Ceratopsian Wall.
Dominion, according to the Internet Movie Data Base, has grossed $1 billion worldwide as of October 7, making it the second-highest-grossing film of 2022 to date.
“Beyond its new silver screen fame and unique Utah provenance, what makes Nasutoceratops special?” asks the U.
“First, it’s part of an ancient ecosystem that cooperated with a remarkable variety of horned dinosaurs. There are at least five different species of ceratopsids coexisting in the Kaiparowits Formation, while most Late Cretaceous North American fossils preserve only 2-3 species.
He also had much larger horns than his cousins. “So Nasutoceratops would definitely stand out at the family reunion!”
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