Isla Sorna: Site B (S/F)

JPTheLostWorldIslaSornaLocated 207 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, Isla Sorna is surrounded by the Five Deaths (Las Cinco Muertes) known as Isla Matanceros, Isla Tacaño, Isla Pena, and Isla Muerta. Sorna was the factory floor where the magic work began on the San Diego project, which eventually lead to the selection of Nublar for reasons largely unknown to further InGen’s agenda with creating a theme park. So far it is believed that only John Hammond and Henry Wu (aside from the higher-ups in InGen) knew about Isla Sorna. With InGen moving most of their operations to Isla Nublar, it’s likely that any adult dinosaurs that InGen had on Isla Sorna they brought over by boat to Isla Nublar when the paddocks were finished. This was a clear advantage of having the theme park closer to the research station. San Diego would have been a further haul clearly. The lab on Isla Nublar was slowly being turned into using a “step-by-step” process on how to clone the dinosaurs for the visitor’s to see and therefore, they would be directly cloned at Jurassic Park: Isla Nublar. As technology advanced it would require less equipment than what was on Isla Sorna to clone the dinosaurs. It’s possible Sorna could have slowly became a research facility for the animal’s behavior and experiment with the version numbers there. After the evacuation with Isla Sorna (InGen’s Site B) Hammond stated that there were clearly “…dozens of species interacting with one and another…” and were left to their own ends when Hurricane Clarissa hit. This strongly implies there are more or less species than the species you see on Isla Sorna. So theoretically the list for this island can always be changing and introducing more dinosaurs with more movies as there is no determined amount. The current status of Isla Sorna is still left open for debate after the events in 2001. There is a quarantine in place over the island that remains otherwise ineffective at keeping trespassers out.

Conflicting Evacuation Date
During the scene in The Lost World: Jurassic Park it is suggested Sorna was abandoned sometime shortly after the Nublar Incident and left that way for four years. After JP///’s props were being auctioned off an approximate date of InGen personnel abandoning Site B was supposedly after the date of May 22, 1994 due to a supposed “movie prop” that cannot be spotted anywhere in the film. Another bit of an issue is an omitted line from “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” script indicating that twenty-four months prior to the events seen in the film (two years) that Isla Sorna was evacuated, but as said the way the line is delivered in film implies four years the island was left abandoned. The way the line is read in the scene between Hammond and Ian in the second film reads as the island has been “…for four years I have kept the island safe from outside interference…” and ergo says to us Sorna was evacuated shortly, possibly, after the Isla Nublar incident or ceased operations after the Nublar Incident. The aforementioned movie prop it cannot be seen anywhere within Jurassic Park /// in any scene. The Prop in questionwas officially removed from the canon on 12/07/2006 due to the fact it cannot be spotted within any segment of the third film. If this prop remained in the canon Hammond’s comment from The Lost World: Jurassic Park of leaving the island deserted for four years after Hurricane Clarissa would have conflicted with it.

Notable Locations on Isla Sorna

Isla Sorna Maps
This map is from the original prop believed to be produced shortly before the ending was changed for the ending San Diego sequence. The final Isla Sorna we see undergoes another topography as well as scaling change after the map we see here. To make the matter more confusing is that this map was seen at the travelling exhibit, “The Dinosaurs of The Lost World & Jurassic Park” and considered debatable canon due to a contradictory nature present in the island’s topographical features and the final product seen by Kelly Curtis within the Mobile RV Lab’s Primary Trailer. This map was in fact colorized at one point, but made grey to show the topographical features better. Also note the Embryonics Administration is in fact, not named, but the worker town is. Again this map was produced before the ending of San Diego sequence was fully realized and way before the concept of the third sequel was even created.

sornaWhile this map presently isn’t 100% accurate it does serve the purpose of possible placement of events by lining up the topography and geographical features of the island, but the problem is no Sorna map will be ever genuinely correct with movie moments placed on it due to the speculative nature of such a project. The new map, to the left and above, is modified from the map Kelly views in the trailers, the thermal signatures map of Hammond’s, and the best detective work possible.

For a full on analysis please visit our JPL’s Isla Sorna Map (S/F) – Notes and Annotations article.

Isla Sorna (Site B) Dinosaur Inhabitants

  1. Compsognathus “triassicus” (*)
  2. Stegosaurus stenops “gigas” (*)
  3. Brachiosaurus brancai (*)
  4. Dilophosaurus “venenifer” (*)
  5. Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis
  6. Mamenchisaurus sinocanadorum
  7. Parasaurolophus walkeri
  8. Gallimimus bullatus
  9. Tyrannosaurus rex
  10. Triceratops horridus
  11. Velociraptor “antirrhopus nublarensis” sensu Paul (*)
  12. Velociraptor “antirrhopus sornaensis” sensu Paul (*)
  13. Pteranodon longiceps “hippocratesi” (*)
  14. Pteranodon longiceps/Geosternbergia(Pteranodon) sternbergi (?)
  15. Spinosaurus aegyptiacus
  16. Corythosaurus casuarius
  17. Ankylosaurus magniventris
  18. Ceratosaurus nasicornis
  19. Apatosaurus excelsus
  20. Unknown Marginocephalian (?)
  21. Maisaura peeblesorum (?)
  22. Muttaburrasaurus langdoni (?)
  23. Edmontosaurus annectens (?)

Note: It’s believed that Isla Sorna may have most of Isla Nublar’s animals still like Baryonyx walkeriMetriacanthosaurus shangyouensis, Proceratosaurus bradleyi, Herrerasaurus ischigualastensis, and Segisaurus halli; however, there is no evidence to confirm these claims. The reason for this logic is that Isla Sorna is the factory floor of the entire Jurassic Park project.

(x -Genus Name-) – Hybrid
(?) – Debatable or formerly a subject of debate
(*) – Modified Scientific Name only for the purposes of this project. Consult DinoData.Net for the scientifically correct name.

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