Release Version: Base Game

Classification

DietCarnivore
HabitatTerrestrial
EraLate Jurassic
FamilyMetriacanthosauridae
GenusMetriacanthosaurus

Size

Height (m)2
Length (m)7.6
Weight (kg)1,000

Rating

Base Appeal510
Appeal (Per $1MM)343.4
Base Dominance97
Base AppealAppeal (Per $1MM)Base Dominance
Metriacanthosaurus
Median

Stats

Security Rating4
Lifespan40 - 80
Resilience130
Attack77
Defence20
Medical Dart Resistance106
Sedative Resistance106
Poison Resistance100

Area Need

Open Space (m2)6150
Forest (m2)1250
Water (m2)600
Prey5

Cohabitation Preferences

Social Group1 - 3
Ideal Population0 - 20
Comfort50% , 70% , 90%
Sociability60%
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Unlock requirements

Unlocked by retrieving the fossil from one of the following dig sites:

Dig SitesFossil SizeFossil QuantityLocationsRequirements (Logistics)DurationCostScientists (Max)
Oxford Clay14Europe | UK | Weymouth705:30$600,0003
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Synthesis

Eggs1 - 5
Requirements (Genetics)7
Scientists (Max)3
Duration01:30
Cost$675,000

Incubation

Requirements (Welfare)7
Scientists (Max)3
Duration04:30
Cost$1,350,000

Dinosaur Traits

Genetic Mods (Max)6
Appetite-25Large Appetite
Tolerance-25Intolerant
Habituation2Docile
Nocturnal32Nocturnal

Disease

ImmuneNone
SusceptibleNone

Description

Metriacanthosaurus is a genus of carnivorous theropod that existed during the Late Jurassic period. Named after the spines on its vertebrae – the name translates to ‘moderately-spined lizard’ – Metriacanthosaurus can grow up to eight meters in length and over a ton in weight, and preys on large herbivores. Despite its relatively large size, Metriacanthosaurus can reach speeds of up to 20mph.

Discovery

This genus was first described in 1923 by German paleontologist Friedrich von Huene, although the first fossils found – parts of a backbone and leg bones. – were initially attributed to Megalosaurus. Further research throughout the 20th Century led to it being reclassified as Altispinax, and finally Metriacanthosaurus in 1964, when English paleontologist Alick Walker declared that the bones were that of a new genus.

Paleoecology

Metriacanthosaurus lived around 160m years ago on the south coast of England, using the thick forests and jungles that grew during this period to sneak up on its prey. Its diet consisted mainly of other dinosaurs as well as some marine reptiles that swam near the shores.

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