|Lifespan||33 - 66|
|Medical Dart Resistance||76|
|Open Space (m2)||950|
|Ground Fruit (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)|
|Cedar Mountain Formation||1||1||North America | USA | Eastern Utah||6||04:00||$380,000||3|
|Cloverly Formation||1||3||North America | USA | Utah||6||05:30||$480,000||3|
|Morrison Formation C||1||1||North America | USA | Colorado||8||05:30||$640,000||3|
|Eggs||1 - 3|
|Genetic Mods (Max)||6|
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’.
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.
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.