Release Version: Base Game

Classification

DietPiscivore
HabitatAquatic
EraEarly Jurassic
FamilyPlesiosauridae
GenusPlesiosaurus

Size

Height (m)1
Length (m)3.5
Weight (kg)454

Rating

Base Appeal238
Appeal (Per $1MM)676.0
Base Dominance39
Base AppealAppeal (Per $1MM)Base Dominance
Plesiosaurus
Median

Stats

Security Rating5
Lifespan35 - 70
Resilience130
Attack27
Defence12
Medical Dart Resistance158
Sedative Resistance82
Poison Resistance150

Area Need

Open Space (m2)12950
Tuna4

Cohabitation Preferences

Social Group2 - 1
Ideal Population0 - 15
Comfort50% , 70% , 90%
Sociability70%
Dislikes
  • Ichthyosaurus
Disliked By
Likes

None

Liked By

Unlock requirements

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

Dig SitesFossil SizeFossil QuantityLocationsRequirements (Logistics)DurationCostScientists (Max)
Oxford Clay13Europe | UK | Weymouth705:30$600,0003
23
32

Synthesis

Eggs2 - 6
Requirements (Genetics)9
Scientists (Max)3
Duration02:00
Cost$162,500

Incubation

Requirements (Welfare)9
Scientists (Max)3
Duration06:00
Cost$325,000

Dinosaur Traits

Genetic Mods (Max)6
Fitness-25
Appetite25
Nocturnal12
Sociability-50

Disease

ImmuneAlgae Poisoning
Bracken Poisoning
Foot And Mouth
Ivy Poisoning
SusceptibleNone

Description

Known for its powerful paddle-like limbs that allow it to swim through water at speed and a flexible, elongated neck that can move quickly to catch fish and other prey, Plesiosaurus is a piscivorous marine reptile that can grow up to 3.5m in length. The name Plesiosaurus means ‘near lizard’, and the genus dates back to the Early Jurassic period, around 200m years ago.

Discovery

Plesiosaurus was discovered by William Conybeare and Henry De la Beche in 1821, although the first complete skeleton was unearthed by renowned British paleontologist Mary Anning in 1823, while she was searching for fossils in the Lias Group, Dorset. Anning’s find was so unusual that it was initially dismissed as a fake – it was only when similar remains were found in the same location that she was believed.

Paleoecology

This genus lived entirely in water (although it would surface for air) and swam vast stretches of ocean, with fossils found in Europe, Asia, North America and even Australia. Plesiosaurus’ diet consisted of fish, molluscs and other marine reptiles, which it grabbed with its strong, sharp teeth.

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