Release Version: Base Game

Classification

DietHerbivore
HabitatTerrestrial
EraLate Cretaceous
FamilyNodosauridae
GenusNodosaurus

Size

Height (m)1.9
Length (m)6.1
Weight (kg)3,900

Rating

Base Appeal66
Appeal (Per $1MM)377.1
Base Dominance78
Base AppealAppeal (Per $1MM)Base Dominance
Nodosaurus
Median

Stats

Security Rating1
Lifespan36 - 71
Resilience130
Attack38
Defence40
Medical Dart Resistance76
Sedative Resistance60
Poison Resistance100

Area Need

Open Space (m2)950
Water (m2)100
Ground Leaf (m2)950

Cohabitation Preferences

Social Group1 - 4
Ideal Population0 - 8
Comfort40% , 60% , 90%
Sociability20%
Dislikes
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Likes
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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)
Peay Sandstone Member14North America | USA | Wyoming402:30$54,0003
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32

Synthesis

Eggs1 - 3
Requirements (Genetics)4
Scientists (Max)3
Duration00:25
Cost$75,000

Incubation

Requirements (Welfare)4
Scientists (Max)3
Duration01:15
Cost$150,000

Dinosaur Traits

Genetic Mods (Max)4
Sociability-25Antisocial
Habituation9.5Docile
Nocturnal2Nocturnal
Defence75Defensive

Disease

ImmuneNone
SusceptibleNone

Description

Nodosaurus is a genus of herbivorous ankylosaurid notable for the raised armor plates that cover its back – its name translates to ‘knobbed lizard’. Adults can grow to be over 6m in length and weigh nearly four tons, consuming vast quantities of plants and shrubs every day. Its armor plates are essential for protecting Nodosaurus from predators, as its short legs and heavy frame mean that it is unable to reach high speeds to escape.

Discovery

For over a century, everything we knew about Nodosaurus came from a single specimen that was unearthed from the Frontier Formation in Wyoming and first named by celebrated paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh in 1889, However, in 2011 a team of miners made an incredible discovery in Alberta, Canada – a near-complete Nodosaurus skeleton, including armored plates and even skin, that took almost six years to fully excavate.

Paleoecology

Nodosaurus lived in North America during the Early Cretaceous period, around 100-110m years ago, co-existing with several large carnivores such as Carcharodontosaurus and Spinosaurus that may have preyed on it. Nodosaurus’ teeth were not designed for chewing tough plants, so it is likely that it fed on small, soft plants.

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