“I think I read about this one before, in a book. It's got a novel name, the Crichtonsaurus.”
Crichtonsaurus is a genus of ankylosaurid dinosaur that originated from Late Cretaceous Asia. Named after author Michael Crichton, the Crichtonsaurus is unlocked by progressing through the Science Division on Isla Matanceros, and becomes available through the Research Centre.
Crichtonsaurus lives in small groups of around four to five individuals and prefer a less crowded enclosure.
Crichtonsaurus is a mysterious dinosaur. The fossils found so far are rather scant, consisting of a jaw and teeth, a skull and pieces of backbone and armour. There is little to tell from these remains and there has been much confusion due to two other species found in the same formation, the Sunjiawan Formation. All that can be said so far is that it is a primitive Ankylosaurid.
- Along with Archaeornithomimus, Majungasaurus, Styracosaurus, and Suchomimus, Crichtonsaurus is one of the dinosaurs added by the Deluxe Edition.
- Much like the Huayangosaurus, the in-game Crichtonsaurus is over twice the size of its real-life counterpart.
- Although now regarded as a dubious genus, Crichtonsaurus was named to honour Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park and its sequel, The Lost World.
- Despite Crichtonsaurus being nomen dubium, another specimen referred to as Crichtonpelta was also named after Michael Crichton.
- Cabot Finch's quote about the Crichtonsaurus states that he has seen this dinosaur in a book and that it has a "novel name". This is a reference to Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park novel and the author himself.
- Crichtonsaurus is one of the few dinosaurs in the game with no prior depictions in the franchise's media.
- Crichtonsaurus shares its abbreviation of CRC with Carcharodontosaurus.
- Crichtonsaurus is considered as the second most social ankylosaurid in the game, with the first being Euoplocephalus.
Crichtonsaurus on Wikipedia