“Oh, I like this one. A Tsintaosaurus. A herbivore from China.”
Tsintaosaurus is a genus of hadrosaurid dinosaur that originated from Late Cretaceous Asia. Found in the Yuliangze Formation of China, the Tsintaosaurus can be excavated by teams sent from Isla Tacaño, and possess similar comfort threshold as other species of hadrosaurs.
The base genome of Tsintaosaurus is light brown, with darker brown spots littering its body, and light blue on its back. The most distinctive feature of Tsintaosaurus is its distinctive head crest which once earned it the nickname of the "unicorn dinosaur".
Tsintaosaurus is a herding animal that needs to be kept in groups of four or more to be comfortable. It is tolerant of other herbivores and is a good dinosaur to mix with other hadrosaurs.
Tsintaosaurus was first discovered in the 1950s, in Shangdon province of eastern China. The first fossils found were parts of the skull and body from two specimens, as well as a multitude of isolated pieces of others, evidence that this species lived in herds. The most striking feature of the skull was a long piece of bone sticking upwards like a unicorn or narwhal horn. At first this was dismissed as a piece of bone that had been broken, but with further study, it was revealed Tsintaosaurus was related to the lambeosaurine branch of hadrosaurs, which included Corythosaurus and Parasaurolophus, and were characterised by strange crests. From then until 2013, Tsintaosaurus was given a long horn like crest and occasionally a billowing flap of skin connected to it, acting as a display. However later finds of Tsintaosaurus skulls, and studies other similar hadrosaurs such as Olorotitan in Russia, it was discovered that the 'unicorn horn' was in fact part of a hatchet shaped crest that allows this species to amplify its vocalisation.
Tsintaosaurus also shares similar features of other hadrosaurs such as a toothless beak and batteries of grinding teeth at the back of its jaws. Other dinosaurs that lived alongside Tsintaosaurus include the massive hadrosaur Shantungosaurus, Sinoceratops and other ceratopsians, titanosaurs and the carnivore Zhuchengtyrannus, a species closely related to Tyrannosaurus.
- Tsintaosaurus was the fourteenth dinosaur to receive a Species Profile, on 20 April 2018. It was also the third hadrosaur revealed ingame, after Edmontosaurus and Parasaurolophus.
- Unlike its real-life counterpart, the game's Tsintaosaurus has a very upright posture when standing on two feet. In reality, it would've walked primarily on four legs, but when running on two, it would remain a horizontal posture.
- Tsintaosaurus is one of the few dinosaurs in the game with no prior depictions in the franchise's media.
Tsintaosaurus on Wikipedia