|Lifespan||35 - 70|
|Medical Dart Resistance||158|
|Open Space (m2)||3000|
Unlocked by retrieving the fossil from one of the following dig sites:
|Dig Sites||Fossil Size||Fossil Quantity||Locations||Requirements (Logistics)||Duration||Cost||Scientists (Max)|
|Taynton Limestone Formation||1||4||Europe | UK | Oxfordshire||11||07:00||$850,000||3|
|Eggs||1 - 5|
|Genetic Mods (Max)||7|
Megalosaurus was one of the first non-flying dinosaurs ever to be discovered, and lived around 155-170m years ago. This carnivorous theropod’s name translates to ‘great lizard’, an apt description for a dinosaur that grows up to 6m in length and can weigh about 700kg. Megalosaurus’ large size, powerful jaw and serrated teeth made it the apex predator of its environment.
Although the first Megalosaurus remains were found in Oxfordshire, England in 1676, it was considered a type of large lizard until over a century later, as dinosaurs were not yet a well-known concept. It wasn’t until 1824 that it was formally named Megalosaurus by English geologist William Buckland, and another 18 years until paleontologist Richard Owen coined the term ‘dinosaur’.
Megalosaurus lived in the tropical climes of Europe during the Mid Jurassic period, roaming forests in search of prey. An aggressive and intelligent hunter, it preyed upon other dinosaurs including Stegosaurus and Iguanodon, although it was also a capable scavenger, feeding on carcasses when necessary.