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NHMU Dinosaur Stars in Jurassic World Dominion
Posted June 21, 2022
By Randall Irmis, Chief Curator & Curator of Paleontology
The Jurassic Park film franchise contains a bewildering cornucopia of dinosaur species, both real and imagined. Its latest installment, Jurassic World Dominion, is no exception, with a host of new beasts to thrill and frighten us in equal measure. And, as it turns out, one dinosaur newcomer that plays a pivotal role (don’t worry, no spoilers here) has a special connection to the Natural History Museum of Utah!
One of the most striking dinosaurs to appear in Jurassic World Dominion is the horned dinosaur Nasutoceratops titusi. With its sweeping curved brow horns, this Triceratops cousin is reminiscent of Texas longhorn cattle. Brought to life in the movie by CGI magic, this animal was in fact a real species that lived some 76 million years ago, not in Texas, but right here in Utah.
Nasutoceratops is unique to our state, having only been found in rocks of the Kaiparowits Formation of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Moreover, the only original fossils of this species are here in the collections of NHMU. Only one definitive skull of Nasutoceratops has ever been discovered, along with two more fragmentary specimens that might belong to the same species. You can see the reconstructed skull on NHMU’s famed Ceratopsian Wall.
You can discover more about Nasutoceratops titusi and its cousins with NHMU’s new ResearchQuest investigation, Triceratops Traits. And, we encourage you to come visit NHMU in person to see a whole herd of horned dinosaur fossils in our Past Worlds exhibit. Finally, stay tuned here on the NHMU blog to learn about other horned dinosaur discoveries from NHMU paleontologists!
Randall Irmis is the curator of paleontology and chief curator at the Natural History Museum of Utah, a part of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Our mission is to illuminate the natural world and the place of humans within it. In addition to housing outstanding exhibits for the public, NHMU is a research museum. Learn more.
Category: Natural History