Release Version: Base Game

Classification

DietHerbivore
HabitatTerrestrial
EraEarly Cretaceous
FamilyNodosauridae
GenusSauropelta

Size

Height (m)2.1
Length (m)8
Weight (kg)1,500

Rating

Base Appeal110
Appeal (Per $1MM)538.8
Base Dominance96
Base AppealAppeal (Per $1MM)Base Dominance
Sauropelta
Median

Stats

Security Rating2
Lifespan33 - 66
Resilience130
Attack50
Defence46
Medical Dart Resistance76
Sedative Resistance60
Poison Resistance100

Area Need

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

Cohabitation Preferences

Social Group1 - 4
Ideal Population0 - 8
Comfort50% , 70% , 90%
Sociability20%
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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)
Cedar Mountain Formation11North America | USA | Eastern Utah604:00$380,0003
21
32
Cloverly Formation13North America | USA | Utah605:30$480,0003
22
31
Morrison Formation C11North America | USA | Colorado805:30$640,0003
21

Synthesis

Eggs1 - 3
Requirements (Genetics)6
Scientists (Max)3
Duration01:15
Cost$87,500

Incubation

Requirements (Welfare)6
Scientists (Max)3
Duration03:45
Cost$175,000

Dinosaur Traits

Genetic Mods (Max)6
Habituation8.5
Defence25
Nocturnal6
Offence-50
Sociability-25

Disease

ImmuneNone
SusceptibleNone

Description

Sauropelta is a genus of herbivorous dinosaur native to North America, and is easily recognized thanks to the large spikes that extend from its neck. Due to its large size – weighing around 1.5 tons – Sauropelta cannot run at high speeds, so it relies on being able to defend itself from predators; as well as defensive spikes that can be used to repel attackers, it has thick armor covering most of its body – lending the genus its name, which translates to ‘lizard shield’.

Discovery

The first Sauropelta fossils were found by Barnum Brown, an American paleontologist known as ‘Mr. Bones’, in 1930. Brown excavated a partial skeleton from the Cloverly Formation in Montana. However, it wasn’t until 1970 that the remains were officially classified as a new genus by fellow paleontologist John Ostrom, after he excavated related fossils from the same location.

Paleoecology

Sauropelta existed during the Early Cretaceous period around 95-120m years ago, roaming the wide floodplains of the western United States in search of ground-level vegetation. It lived alongside a wide variety of dinosaurs, including the predator Deinonychus.

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