Venatosaurus

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Universal Pictures Monster
A Venatosaurus in King Kong (2005)
Venatosaurus
Alternate names Furious Hunter-lizard, Velociraptor, Raptor, Carnosaur
Species Venatosaurus saevidicus
Length 16-24 feet[1]
Allies Other Venatosaurs
Enemies Brontosaurus, Asperdorsus, Guar, Vastatosaurus rexIotS
Created by Peter Jackson
Portrayed by CGI
First appearance King Kong (2005)

Venatosaurus is a fictional species of dinosaur that appeared in the 2005 film, King Kong.

Name

The name Venatosaurus means "hunter lizard"; venato being a Latin word that is an infliction of the word vēnātus, which means "hunting" or "to hunt."[2][3] The word saurus is derived from the ancient Greek word sauros (σαυροσ), meaning "lizard."

Design

Venatosaurus resembles a featherless dromaeosaurid dinosaur with pronated hands that appears to be slightly taller than Utahraptor, the largest discovered dromaeosaurid in real life. Despite having said to have come descended from Velociraptor, the shape of Venatosaurus' skull is closer in appearance to restorations of Deinonychus. Venatosaurus were fast and ruthless killers with slim, hollow bones that were honeycombed on the inside to allow the fastest possible speeds. However, their maneuverable hip-bones reduced their speed, but added incredible agility. The hip bones also allowed for Venatosaurus to lay flat on he ground before pouncing. Their highly positioned, catlike eyes allowed them to see over cover while remaining hidden no matter the light level. Despite their shorter rib cages, caused by their hip development, their lung size was not effected. Their unique ribs allowed for more muscle connections that allowed Venatosaurus to more effectively pin down their prey.

Origins

According to Peter Jackson, Venatosaurus is a descendant of Velociraptor that survived the extinction of the dinosaurs and evolved isolated on Skull Island for millions of years.

Ecology

Venatosaurus were highly intelligent killing machines, the likes of which had only just begun to appear at the end of the Cretaceous period. The most important weapon the Venatosaurus had, surpassing even its teeth and claws, were their brains. They had learned to use the unique landscapes formed by the ruins of the former civilization of Skull Island. They used the ruins of streets and their parallel structures to corral prey into dead ends or into tight spaces before making their attack. Despite this, they were most often found in the jungles and forests for their cover during hunts and concealment of nests. Venatosaurus typically lived in packs of six to twelve adults and their young. Because of their incredible attack coordination, they were one of the only species to actively prey on Brontosaurus. They used a complex pattern of an initial ambush group, followed by a flanking party that would surround the sauropods at their trap where more Venatosaurus were waiting. A pack of Venatosaurus could feed on a Brontosaurus carcass for at least a week.

Venatosaurus packs were lead by an Alpha breeding pair. Other Venatosaurus could also breed as they pleased, and their young would inherit their parents' roles in the hierarchy. Young were born live and were cared for by the entire pack, who brought them food in their nests dug out under tree roots and were guarded by a low-level sentry who waited with them while the pack hunted until they were old enough to join the hunts themselves. Venatosaurus packs had large tracts of territory that were clearly marked with claw markings, feces and urine. Shouting matches would break out in border contests, but they seldom turned violent.

Venatosaurus had great and dexterous control over their hands. Not only were they known to manipulate cover with their hands to better hide themselves, and could use their hands and bodies in a vast number of social signals. High tails and clasped forelimbs signified romantic interest, while rigid posture and ground scratching were displays of dominance and intent to attack. All of the Venatosaurus species was wiped out in a 1948 earthquake that caused the entire island to sink into the ocean.

History

King Kong (2005)

Upon spying a pack of Brontosaurus in a valley, a pack of Venatosaurus went in for the attack. They chased them through the valley and across the side of a mountain, and caught the attention, and gunfire, of some humans that were among their prey.

Books

King Kong: The Island of the Skull

Upon smelling a human hiding in a hollow tree, a pack of Venatosaurus began to claw their way through the tree's thick bark until a Vastatosaurus rex smelled them and attacked. Despite their outnumbering their attacker, they were all killed and eaten by the rival hunter.

Gallery

Main article: Venatosaurus/Gallery.

Comics

King Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World

While hunting a herd of Brontosaurus, a Venatosaurus pack came into contact with a group of Humans, and they quickly turned their attention to the smaller prey. Unfortunately, the men were armed and shot a Brontosaurus at the front of the pack, causing the rest to fall over its wounded body, and a Venatosaurus was crushed in between the tumbling sauropods. The three remaining carnivores walked over the fallen Brontosaurus and one attacked playwright Jack Driscoll before being shot to death by another sailor. However, while this transpired, another Venatosaurus caught one man by the leg and dragged him away.

Trviva

  • The Venatosaurus fills the role of both the Utahraptors and Carnotaurs from Peter Jackson's original 1996 screenplay for King Kong. The Venatosaurus was even based on a maquette made for the 1996 film.[4] It may have also filled the role of the Allosaurus, as noted by a member of Weta Workshop in an interview with IGN where he pointed out Venatosaurus' resemblance to the aforementioned unused dinosaur.[5]
  • Before it was given a name, Venatosaurus was simply referred to as "raptor" and "carnosaur" during the production of the film.[4][5]

References

This is a list of references for Venatosaurus. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Falconer, Daniel, Weta Workshop. The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island. Pocket Star. p. 125. 22 November 2005. ISBN: 978-1-4165-0519-8.
  2. venato‎ (Latin, Italian): meaning. WordSense.eu
  3. venato‎ (Latin, Italian): meaning. WordSense.eu
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fordham, Joe. (Januray 2006) Return of the King. Cinefex, 104, p. 69
  5. 5.0 5.1 Head, Steve. (December 16, 2005) IGN Interviews the Weta Workshop Design Team - Page 2. IGN

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Dino-Mario

13 months ago
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The little blue raptors in the 2005 Ubisoft video game, are those a Venatosaurus species as well?
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Fritz

21 months ago
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Looks very cartoonish, took me out of the movie a little.