JurassiCraft Mod for Minecraft 1.7.10

All you really need to know about this mod is that it contains dinosaurs.  Lots of dinosaurs.  In fact, 16 dinosaurs in total at the moment, along with food, machines, blocks, and more, created in amazing detail by 20 different talented people based on the open source code of Fossils and Archaeology.  Behold: JurassiCraft!

 

jurassi_inline

 

This mod, published by TheLarsinator, requires a few steps before getting to the dinosaurs: finding fossils, analyzing them, and cultivating them.

Fossils are found naturally in underground cave systems or within the depths of the world.  These are blocks of varying appearance, and they are quite easy to break:

 

jurassi_fossil

 

Mining these blocks yields a fossil item that can then be used with one of the new machines, called an Analyzer:

 

jurassi_analyzer

 

Right-clicking this machine brings up a GUI with slots available to place these fossils on the left, one main outcome slot on the right, along with three lesser outcome slots below it:

 

jurassi_anagui

 

The three slots on the bottom are necessary because, fairly often, analyzing a fossil will only yield dirt, sand, or other useless materials.  If you are successful, however, you may end up with DNA samples:

 

jurassi_dna

 

In order to use the DNA samples, you will need a cultivator.  This is another new machine that is used to turn DNA samples into dinosaur eggs:

 

jurassi_cultivator

 

Once you have one of these machines, simply place your DNA in the left slot and wait for the results to come out:

 

jurassi_cultigui

 

And there you have it!  Dinosaur eggs!

 

Dinosaurs available in JurassiCraft

 

Currently, there are 16 dinosaurs in total available.  These include all new models with great textures, sounds, and animations.  Some are hostile, while others are defensive, and still yet some are completely passive.  They even occasionally fight with each other, as you will see below.

 

Each dinosaur has its own corresponding DNA and egg, and drops meat when killed.  In alphabetical order, they are:

 

  • Ankylosaurus – a short, fat dinosaur with a hard back and a fin at the end of its tail:

ankylo

  • Brachiosaurus – a huge green herbivore with an incredibly long neck, not to be confused with its close cousin, the brontosaurus:

brachio

  • Coelacanth – these fish were believed to be extinct for many, many millions of years.  While the original coelacanth is extinct, some close family members have been discovered in recent times.  Here is what a coelacanth looks like out of water:

coelac

  • Dilophosaurus – made popular in Jurassic Park and known by most as “those dinosaurs with the flappy crests that spit stuff”.  The movie actually showed them much smaller than they really were, and they most likely did not spit acid.

dila

  • Gallimimus – a very small and very fast bird-like dinosaur loosely resembling the velociraptor.  Its appearance and behavior resemble that of an ostrich, and it is largely believed to be omnivorous.

gal

  • Herrerasaurus – similar to velociraptors in both size and shape.  It is believed to have fed on smaller carnivores or defenseless herbivores due to the shape of its teeth.

herr

  • Hypsilophodon – another small dinosaur with great speed, this creature was an herbivore that is about the size of an adult human.  It is one of the smallest dinosaurs known to man, though not quite as tiny as the compsognathus, for example.

hyps

  • Leaellynasaura – this tiny creature is an herbivore.  It is birdlike in nature and is well suited for both daytime and nighttime foraging – mostly due to the fact that it lived near the south pole, where sunlight could last entire days or only a few hours.

lael

  • Meganeura – this is actually a very large insect which resembles a dragonfly.  Their wingspans could reach just over two feet (about a half of a meter).  No one seems to know how they got so big.

mega

  • Oviraptor – similar in size to the hypsilophodon.  This dinosaur was very birdlike, believed to have feathery wings used to protect its young.

ova

  • Parasaurolophus – a fairly large dinosaur, certainly larger than a velociraptor, this species was an herbivore with a decent sized hard crest on its head, believed to be used as a way to identify itself to others of its species.

para

  • Stegosaur – this is another huge dinosaur.  It has hard plates sticking out of its back and along its tail for protection, and is of similar proportion to the ankylosaurus.  It is being attacked by a group of velociraptors here:

stego

  • Triceratops – another similar in proportion to the ankylosaurus, this herbivore has three horns on its head and a frill made up of bones further down.  Many believe that the horns were defensive features.

trico

  • Tylosaurus – the only other water-dwelling species currently in this mod.  This dinosaur is huge, proportionate in size to a modern whale (once again shown out of water for clarity):

tylo

  • Tyrannosaurus – a fan favorite for essentially anything dinosaur-related, the T-Rex is one of the most massive dinosaurs in history, second in size only to the argentinosaurus and others of its kind.  It is famous for having the most powerful bite of all animals of all time:

trex

  • Velociraptor – and last but not least, another favorite for most, the medium-sized swift hunter.  Most scientists today agree that velociraptors would have had some kind of bird-like characteristic, though this depiction is the most commonly known one:

veloc

 

The team seems fairly dedicated to making each mob as realistic as possible (or plausible, given the engine and other constraints).  The coelacanth, for example, was made to spawn naturally in the second update – most likely a reference to the fact that they are still present in the world in some fashion today.

 

You can see these dinosaurs in action in LittleLizardGaming’s mod review on Youtube.  Most images are also courtesy of his video:

 

How to install JurassiCraft for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader.

  2. Download the latest version of JurassiCraft.

  3. Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  4. Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.

  5. Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.

 

This mod is already pretty huge, but the developers are constantly updating it and adding more content.  With a team of 20 developers, this mod has potential to become one of the greatest in Minecraft history.  What dinosaur from JurassiCraft is your favorite?  Leave a comment below and let us know!

Comments 1

  • Add Spinosaurus, Allosaurus, Apatosaurus and Giganotosaurus, no dinosaur mod is complete without them ;-;

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