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The answer to everyone's biggest Jurassic Park question

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Jun 25, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom premiered on June 22, and it answered a few minor questions for its fans. One, what would some of my favorite character actors (Ted Levine and my boy Toby Jones) look like if they were being eaten by reptiles? The answer: Pretty similar to how everyone else has looked in the jaws of a dinosaur, so that's rad. Two, did John Hammond work with anyone else in his little rampant genetic testing venture? The answer: Yes, because the more you learn about John Hammond, the more you realize that the lovable old man that "spared no expense" was absolutely bonkers.

My point is that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom didn't exactly go around checking off audiences' biggest questions. Instead, it blew up a volcano and then let dinosaurs loose on the world to distract us in what I have to admit is the ultimate "pay no attention the man behind the curtain" move. That said, I'm still not satisfied, and I had to do some light detective work to figure out the answer to the biggest question in Jurassic Park history: What happened to Site B?

You know, Site B, otherwise known as Isla Sorna — the setting for two whole Jurassic Park movies. That's almost half the franchise.

Isla Sorna was apparently set up as a "biological preserve" at the end of The Lost World. But when Jurassic World premiered in 2015, it got swept under the rug and everyone acted as if there had only been the first Jurassic Park movie in 1993 and then 22 years with no Jurassic flicks whatsoever.

So, after digging around, I'm sorry to tell you this, Site B fans, but that place is prehistory.

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As you saw in Fallen Kingdom, Claire Dearing founded the Dinosaur Protection Group after the events of Jurassic World and named it such because ecological conservation is her strong suit and creativity is not. The DPG even has a neat little viral website that attempts to include every single Jurassic Park tidbit you can think of, including basically the entire business history of InGen and what happened to the supposedly mysterious Isla Sorna.

Here's what happened:

As it turns out, in the Jurassic Park world, the living dinosaurs bred on Isla Sorna have been shipped over to Isla Nublar twice, first for the original Jurassic Park, and, secondly, to better populate Jurassic World.

Notice how I said "living"? Well, Isla Sorna had a huge problem with its ecosystem when "illegally cloned animals" were introduced to the island in 1999. "But it's an island full of dinosaurs and there seems to be a bunch of space!" you might say. "How would adding more dinosaurs hurt?"

Well, one of the species supposedly introduced in 1999 was the Spinosaurus, which, as you saw in the underrated Jurassic Park III, can take down a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Tyrannosaurus Rex was the head of the food chain on Isla Sorna, and suddenly, a new beast was introduced that could literally tear its head off. That wasn't exactly good news for the species hierarchy.

Let me explain it in a little more detail: Let's say the T-Rex hunts the Triceratops. This keeps the T-Rex fed and also keeps the Triceratops population in check. But suddenly, the highly territorial Spinosaurus comes in and eats the T-Rex, but doesn't exactly hunt in the areas that the Triceratops live. Instead, the Spinosaurus, which lived closer to the rivers and lakes, goes hunting something else.

So, now the Triceratops population has nothing there to limit its growth. And more growth means fewer resources. While Isla Sorna isn't necessarily a small island in the films, it's still an island. There's literally no other place to look for food unless the Triceratops want to evolve super fast and start constructing boats. So, the Triceratops over-populate, eat the food that other herbivores would've eaten in their struggle to survive, and, suddenly, multiple species are all starving to death. Meanwhile, the Spinosaurus is hunting duck-billed dinosaurs and messing up that section of the island, too.

The addition of another apex predator into any ecosystem can be harmful. For example, Burmese Pythons are an apex predator and are mostly known to live in Southeast Asia. However, after being introduced to areas of Florida, the Everglades in particular, they have wrecked the population of mammals that dwell there.

This has a profound effect not only on the plant and animal life that those mammalian species ate but on the other predators, who now have to compete with the Burmese Python for food. And because the Burmese Python is a powerful, 12-foot snake, the competition isn't an easy one, and, therefore, the other predators suffer, too.

So, for all of you that were wondering what happened to Isla Sorna, here's the short of it: The Spinosaurus happened to it. Its introduction threw an island that always teetered on the edge of chaos into absolute anarchy. And the beautiful little place that you saw at the end of The Lost World, the one where animals lived in their established natural order, is now a dead zone.

And now here's the Jurassic Park theme because I feel like it's kind of appropriate.

RIP, Site B.