Ferrucutus is a fictional species of ceratopsian dinosaur that appears in King Kong (2005). In the theatrical cut of the film it has a relatively minor role, but in the extended cut it has more screen time.
Name[edit | edit source]
Its species name Ferrucutus cerastes means "horned iron-hide".
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Ferrucutus superficially resembles a stocky ceratopsid. Its large skull that is taller than a man has a frill similar to the ceratopsid Chasmosaurus and it bears a nose bump like the ceratopsid Pachyrhinosaurus. A unique trait that Ferrucutus bears is that it has nasal horns protruding from its nose bump, a trait not found in any existing ceratopsids that have been discovered.
Development[edit | edit source]
Ferrucutus fills in the role of several herbivores in the King Kong franchise. First, it fills the role of Stegosaurus from the 1933 film. Second, it fills the role of Triceratops from the 1996 King Kong film attempt which also filled the role of Stegosaurus from the 1933 film as well. Finally, it fills the role of Styracosaurus, a ceratopsian that appeared in Son of Kong and originally the 1933 film given as in production Ferrucutus was referred to as "styracosaur" and designer Greg Boradmore refers to an early design as "Styrack of Terror".
The only known concept art of Ferrucutus was created by Greg Broadmore in 2003. It is almost identical to the final design except that it has more horns and a different frill resembling that of Styracosaurus.
Origin[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
A skull of Ferrucutus is seen in the area King Kong and the bull Vastatosaurus rex fight. Just before Ann Darrow attempts to communicate with Kong, a living Ferrucutus is seen briefly drinking from a nearby river.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Ferrucutus were powerfully built animals with heavily muscled shoulders. Their necks were made to transmit impact from the skull and spread it through the body to diffuse jolts when males fought with each other. Outside of combat, Ferrucutus were also known to use their nasal horns to uproot tall cycads to acquire their fruit.
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