“Okay, Dr. Dua tells me that this dinosaur of yours, the Metriacanthosaurus, is a bit of a mystery. Maybe we can learn more about it as a result of your work.”
Metriacanthosaurus is a genus of theropod dinosaur that originated from Late Jurassic Europe.
The Metriacanthosaurus becomes available to the Hammond Foundation's operations in the Muertes Archipelago by achieving a level of reputation with the Security Division on Isla Tacaño, and can subsequently be found at the Oxford Clay dig site.
Metriacanthosaurus was one of the species which InGen had planned to feature at the original Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, with 71% of the genome completed by 1993. After InGen was acquired by Masrani Global in 1999, the genome was completed, and Metriacanthosaurus became an attraction in Cretaceous Cruise in Jurassic World, a new dinosaur theme park which opened on Isla Nublar in 2005.
Metriacanthosaurus is a fearsome medium sized predator that can live alone or in pairs. While its incubation cost is relatively high, it has lower exhibit size requirements than Spinosaurus or Ceratosaurus and has a high resilience to illnesses compared to other larger carnivores. Metriacanthosaurus has a high attack and medium defense, so it is advised to contain them in strong fences, but overall is one of the more docile and easy to keep predators.
Metriacanthosaurus will engage against larger or similarly sized predators like Ceratosaurus or Suchomimus, so it is reccomended not to house them together. However, Metriacanthosaurus can cohabitant reasonably well with small carnivores like Deinonychus.
Metriacanthosaurus was one of the unfortunate victims of the Megalosaurus wastebasket taxon. During the early days of palaeontology, scientists studying dinosaurs tended to sweep many fossils under a single genus without much thorough study. Many large carnivores were simply named new species Megalosaurus, even Dilophosaurus was once considered a species of Megalosaurus until much later in the 1940s.
Metriacanthosaurus was official renamed in 1964 and was given a new family, the Metriacanthosauridae, an off shoot of the Allosaurids which also includes Yangchuanosaurus from China. Metriacanthosaurus is a mysterious animal, as its only known fossils are that of its spine and pelvis. Interestingly it has a raised spine, suggesting it may have had a hump or ridge running down its back. Although it was a medium-sized predator, it was one of the top predators of the Oxford Clays, along with Eustreptospondylus. It lived with the ornithopod Callovosaurus, the stegosaur Lexovisaurus, several types of sauropods and pterosaurs, as well as a myriad of marine reptiles that inhabited the warm shallow seas.
- Metriacanthosaurus was the twelfth dinosaur to receive a Species Profile, on 6 April 2018.
- The distinctive appearance of the Metriacanthosaurus is based on its depiction on the Jurassic World website.
- Metriacanthosaurus will only perform a kill animation against Baryonyx, Majungasaurus, Indoraptor, and Spinoraptor. Every other dinosaur that is bested will simply fall over.
- Some of its sounds are similar to Tyrannosaurus, especially during battle against other dinosaurs.
- The coastal and vivid skins somewhat resemble the Albertosaurus color scheme from Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Dinosaur Protection Group, What Killed the Gene Guard Act (http://www.dinosaurprotectiongroup.com/what-killed-the-gene-guard-act.html Dinosaur Protection Group Article)
- ↑ Jurassic World website—Metriacanthosaurus. (April 2018). Retrieved from http://www.jurassicworld.com/dinosaurs/metriacanthosaurus/
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