'Jurassic World's' Indominus Rex Was Based On This Real Dinosaur

Dustin Wicksell

The Indominus Rex may have terrorized a record number of film fans over the last two weeks, but Jurassic World's fictional genetic hybrid is based upon a very real dinosaur that once walked the Earth.

In the world of the film, the Indominus Rex is a manufactured, hybrid dinosaur. As the actors relate, the Tyrannosaurus Rex serves as the basic model for the animal, which gets its heightened intelligence from the addition of raptor DNA. Cuttlefish genes allow the Indominus to camouflage itself, while snake DNA gives it the ability to sense and manipulate thermal signatures.

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"I started the process with a dinosaur called Therizinosaurus that has big grasping arms. That was the most important thing — the grasping arms and its color. It's white."

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[Image: Universal via the New York Daily News]