|Lifespan||36 - 71|
|Medical Dart Resistance||76|
|Open Space (m2)||950|
|Ground Leaf (m2)||950|
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)|
|Peay Sandstone Member||1||4||North America | USA | Wyoming||4||02:30||$54,000||3|
|Eggs||1 - 3|
|Genetic Mods (Max)||4|
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.
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.
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.