“What you have there is a Styracosaurus, or 'spiked lizard'. The reason for the name should be obvious.”
Styracosaurus is a genus of ceratopsian dinosaur that originated from Late Cretaceous North America. Styracosaurus is obtained by completing the Entertainment Division objectives on Isla Muerta, and can subsequently be unlocked in the Research Center.
Styracosaurus was not planned to be a featured dinosaur in the original Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, and no populations were reported by InGen on either Nublar or their Site B facility on Isla Sorna in 1996.
However, a promotional art piece by Claire Dearing's Dinosaur Protection Group listing both extinct and extant species of dinosaur on Isla Nublar, listed Styracosaurus as extinct, implying that the animal had previously been cloned for Jurassic World, only to fall back into extinction in the aftermath of the 2015 incident which resulted in the park's closure.
A social animal, Styracosaurus forms pairs or small herds between three and five individuals. They can tolerate a fair number of other dinosaurs, making it ideal to mix them with other ceratopsians or unrelated species.
Styracosaurus is one of the most well known of all ceratopsians, second only to its more famous relative, the Triceratops. Styracosaurus is part of the centrosaurine branch of ceratopsids, just like the Sinoceratops, which are categorised by their nose-horn being larger than their brow horns. Styracosaurus also had common features found in all ceratopsians; a beaked mouth with powerful molars for grinding down plant matter and cheek pouches to store food for chewing. The most notable aspect of Styracosaurus is its impressive array of spikes across its frill. It is still unclear whether they are merely display features or if they served a form of protection against predators, although the latter is probably more likely, because the smaller stature of the Styracosaurus made it more vulnerable to larger predators.
Styracosaurus fossils are found in the rich Dinosaur Park Formation in Alberta. There were once many species of Styracosaurus found throughout eastern North America from Montana to Canada, but many have now been assigned to new genera such as Rubeosaurus and Einiosaurus.
- Styracosaurus previously appeared in Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, considered by many to be Jurassic World Evolution's spiritual predecessor.
- Along with Archaeornithomimus, Crichtonsaurus, Majungasaurus, and Suchomimus, Styracosaurus is exclusive to the Deluxe Edition of the game.
- ↑ http://www.dinosaurprotectiongroup.com/what-killed-the-gene-guard-act.html Dinosaur Protection Group - What Killed the Gene Guard Act
- ↑ Dinosaur Protection Group - Poster "Cruelty", available (http://www.dinosaurprotectiongroup.com/)
Styracosaurus on Wikipedia