Trivia / Carnosaur

  • Accidentally Correct Writing: Sometime after the novel was written, Scolosaurus became synonymous with Euoplocephalus. But then in 2013, Scolosaurus turned out to be its own valid genus after all.
  • Fan Nickname: "Carnosaurs" for the second movie, due to its plot being extremely similar to another sequel with a plural title.
  • Prop Recycling: The marines' uniforms in Carnosaur 3 are the same urban camouflage BDUs from The Rock. An in-series example is the Tyrannosaurus rex prop, that was reused movie to movie. By the time it was used for "Eden Formula", you can tell the prop has degraded.
  • Science Marches On: While reasonably accurate for its day (The book, not the movie, there is nothing remotely accurate about the movie), Carnosaur is still over 30 years old, so....
    • Deinonychus is portrayed as featherless, using its claws like scythes. We now know that deinonychosaurs had feathers and used their toe claws as hooks.
    • It is now known that plesiosaurs do not reproduce by laying eggs (they cannot even move on land to do it) and cannot lift their necks above water.
    • It used to be thought that some theropods could be at least partially quadrupedal, and the Atispinax (now named Becklespinax) is portrayed as such in the novel. This is now seen as anatomically impossible. Although Spinosaurus (which, despite also having the word spine in its name, is of no relation to Becklespinax) was once considered to have been quadrupedal due to having short hindlegs, but even that was disputed and it has been reestablished as a short-legged biped.
    • Back when the novel was written, several of the featured dinosaurs (namely Tyrannosaurus, Tarbosaurus, Megalosaurus, and Altispinax) would have been considered carnosaurs, as it was thought at the time that all large theropods were fairly closely related. Carnosauria has recently been redefined as Allosaurus and its close relatives, leaving Altispinax as the only actual carnosaur in the book. Incidentally, this means none of the Dinosaurs in any of the movies are actually Carnosaurs
  • What Could Have Been: Originally the third film was not supposed to be a Carnosaur film and was instead going to be a stand-alone film that just recycled the props. In some territories such as Japan, it was still released as such under the title "Dinosaur Crisis".