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I think they first found this dinosaur, the Majungasaurus, in Madagascar. And then they had to move it.

Majungasaurus is a genus of abelisaurid dinosaur that originated from Late Cretaceous Africa, specifically Madagascar. A powerful predatory dinosaur and one of the best-studied theropods, Majungasaurus is unlocked by progressing through the Entertainment Division on Isla Sorna, and can subsequently be obtained in the Research Center.

The Majungasaurus was first added to the game with the Deluxe Dinosaur Pack.

History

Although InGen wasn't known to have cloned any specimens of Majungasaurus for exhibition in Jurassic World on Isla Nublar, by 2012, the company had possession of the carnivore's genetic material, which was used in part to create the genetically modified superpredator known as Indominus rex.[1]

Description

Majungasaurus has a deep, blunt head with a bony lump at the top of its cranium. It also has a line of spines down on its back and bony osteoderms across its body. Its base genome is mainly light brown all over the body with dark brown stripes all over the body with white osteoderms.

Behavior

Majungasaurus can live alone or in pairs. They're dangerous animals that will engage in death duels with herbivores that are far larger than themselves, and they will kill any dinosaur with low defense traits.

Despite their aggressive nature, Majungasaurus are one of the easier carnivorous dinosaurs to keep due to their relatively low comfort threshold.

Paleontology

Majungasaurus is a close relative of Carnotaurus that is found exclusively in Madagascar. This dinosaur was briefly called Majungatholus, a name which is now considered a junior synonym of Majungasaurus.

The Abelisauroidea superfamily evolved from primitive carnivores such as Ceratosaurus from the Jurassic. They lived in continents and countries isolated from Laurasia; Asia, Europe, and North America. They could be found in Africa, Australia, India, Madagascar, and South America. Majungasaurus so far has been the largest carnivore from Madagascar's Maevarano formation and was the top predator of its time.

There is also evidence for cannibalism in Majungasaurus, with bones showing bite marks that could only be made by other Majungasaurus.

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A Majungasaurus.

Paleoecology

Majungasaurus inhabited a coastal flood plain cut by many sandy river channels with a semi-arid climate. There, it lived alongside the sauropod Rapetosaurus, which was its main prey, as well as smaller carnivores such as Rahonavis and Masiakasaurus. Masiakasaurus belongs to the Noasauridae family, which are closely related to Abelisaurids, but occupied a niche for smaller and more specialized hunters.

Available genomes

Fossil icon Dig site Quality Number available
Largetheropodicon
Maevarano Formation Onestar2
Twostars2
Threestars2
Fourstars2
2
6
12
8

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Trivia

  • Some Majungasaurus sound effects are identical to those of the Ceratosaurus.
  • Despite fossils showing evidence that violence and cannibalism was common with Majungasaurus, the player can create enclosures featuring a pair.
  • Cabot Finch's line about the Majungasaurus is a reference to the animated film Madagascar and its use of the song "I Like to Move It".

Gallery

References

  1. Jurassic World - Dinosaurs - Indominus Rex, http://www.jurassicworld.com/dinosaurs/indominus-rex/

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