Warning: Spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
The specifics of the Indoraptor's hybrid DNA weren't specified in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but there's a lot of evidence it was part human. Several hints about its genetic makeup are present throughout the movie, and aside from its obvious Velociraptor DNA, its other dominant gene proves that the Jurassic franchise isn't afraid of outdoing itself in the realm of experimental engineering.
In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Indoraptor doesn't officially show up until the movie's final act, but its presence is felt from the get-go. With genetic engineering being the most obvious theme in the Jurassic franchise, Fallen Kingdom attempts to showcase how far humans are willing to go in order to push the boundaries of science. As if cloning dinosaurs didn't conjure enough of a "wow" factor on its own, the lengths at which scientists like Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) go to prove that unchecked human potential is actually more unnerving than inspiring. However, the Indoraptor's conception may prove to be the most heinous example of moral indifference in the entire Jurassic series to date.
In the original Jurassic Park, the rebirth of dinosaurs alone opened the floor for debate. Dr. Ian Malcolm's statement about how "scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should" become a connective thread throughout the series about ability and restraint, indulgence and inhibition. Now, the Indoraptor represents peak-meddling with genetic engineering, and the creature's DNA makeup elevates it from a dinosaur hybrid into a modern Frankenstein's monster - assuming this theory is correct.
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Theory: The Indoraptor is Part-Human
It's obvious the Indoraptor is a modified raptor based on its name and appearance. But it's stronger, smarter, and can kill on command. There's just one major element present in the Indoraptor that isn't ever officially mentioned in the movie. Despite a lack of proof in the dinosaur's physical appearance, there's reason to believe the Indoraptor is actually made up of human DNA. It's a crazy theory, but the proof is actually far more present in Fallen Kingdom than some audiences may have noticed.
During the dinosaur auction scene at Lockwood Manor, auctioneer Gunnar Eversol (Toby Jones) introduces each dinosaur with colorful detail. However, when he introduces the Indoraptor, he holds back. Aside from explaining that it's a prototype, Eversol explains that the Indoraptor was created with the DNA of the two most destructive creatures to ever walk this planet. And though the dinosaur half is easy to deduce by looking at it, the second of the two is never specified, which opens the door for a process of elimination. Considering Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom may well be using dinosaur preservation as a backhanded criticism of humanity's approach to social unrest, climate change, and political greed, among other things, humans are definitely not the heroes in this series - not for the most part, at least. So, considering the movie's mostly unfavorable depiction of mankind, it's no wonder they'd refer to humans as one of Earth's most dangerous animals.
The Indoraptor's behavior may be another major sign of its human DNA. Its intelligence far surpasses that of a Velociraptor (playing dead, quietly opening doors) and the way it moves has noticeably human qualities (sneaking up on Maisie and grazing her hair, reaching out for Maisie when she's hiding in bed). That said, the human-esque qualities even extend to the movie's twist that - technically speaking - isn't even about dinosaurs at all.
During the final act of the movie, it's revealed that Maisie (Isabella Sermon) is a clone. This aspect of the movie is clearly meant to signify the moral and ethical complexities that have been evolving throughout this entire series, but it might also serve a more specific purpose. It's proof that, yes, human genetics are being tampered with, and the proof is being hidden away along with all the other genetically-modified species at Lockwood Manor. When considering all of the hints that Maisie shares a connection with the dinosaurs, the blending of human and dinosaur DNA seems that much more likely. Maisie is seen cleverly unlocking her bedroom door (not unlike the Raptors and more specifically, the Indoraptor), mimicking Blue's mannerisms, and while she's being chased by the Indoraptor, there is a shot of her face blending in with the Indoraptor's face through a sheet of glass in what appears to be a moment of blatant symbolism.
Maisie's similarities with the dinosaurs may be solely confined to the fact that they all happen to be clones, but her role has to serve a bigger purpose. A twist just for the sake of being a twist doesn't have any substantial value, but including genetic meddling with human DNA to draw the audience's attention to a larger moral and ethical issue broadens the scope of the series' overarching themes.
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