Archelon

Archelon
Release Version: Prehistoric Marine Species Pack

Classification

DietPiscivore
HabitatAquatic
EraLate Cretaceous
FamilyProtostegidae
GenusArchelon
Bio GroupMarine Reptile

Size

Height (m)1
Length (m)5
Weight (kg)3,000

Rating

Base Appeal793
Appeal (Per $1MM)697.1
Appeal (Per Hectare)1176.3
Base Dominance39
Base AppealAppeal (Per $1MM)Appeal (Per Hectare)Base Dominance
Archelon
Median

Stats

Lifespan57 - 114
Resilience130
Attack27
Defence12
Medical Dart Resistance158
Sedative Resistance82
Poison Resistance150

Security

Security Rating3
Threat
None
Dinosaur Send / SummonNo

Environmental Needs

Comfort50% , 70% , 90%
Open Space (m2)12950100%
Tuna (m2)4
Platform (m2)10

Cohabitation Preferences

Social Group2 - 3
Ideal Population0 - 15
Area Need Growth+20%
Likes
Liked By
Dislikes
  • None
Disliked By
Neutral
None
Fight
Hunt
Pack Hunt
Socialize

Behaviors are scripted in game files but are not guaranteed to happen. Dominance, territory, and traits determine whether they would actually fight.

Unlock requirements

Unlocked by retrieving the fossil from one of the following dig sites:

Dig SitesLocationsFossilsRequirements (Logistics)DurationCost
Pierre Shale
North America
USA
Montana
fossil_plesiosaur_common
x9
fossil_plesiosaur_uncommon
x2
fossil_plesiosaur_rare
x1
1007:00$960,000

Synthesis

Eggs2 - 4
Requirements (Genetics)10
Scientists (Max)3
Duration02:00
Cost$487,500

Incubation

Requirements (Welfare)10
Scientists (Max)3
Duration06:00
Cost$975,000

Genome Trait Chances

Genetic Mods (Max)6
Appetite25%
Small Appetite
Sociability50%
Antisocial
Loner50%
Loner
Fitness25%
Unfit

Disease

ImmuneBracken Poisoning
SusceptibleNone

Description

One of the largest turtles ever to have existed, Archelon measures almost 5m in length and weighs as much as three tons Dating back to the late Cretaceous period, this carnivorous reptile has a sharp beak and powerful flippers, making it an expert hunter. Unlike most modern-day turtles, its shell is soft – although it is tough enough to withstand attacks from predators. The name Archelon translates from ancient Greek as ‘first turtle’.

Discovery

The first Archelon remains were excavated from the Pierre Shale formation, South Dakota in 1895 by American paleontologist George Reber Wieland, who unearthed a near complete skeleton minus the skull. Two years later a skull from another specimen was discovered in the same location, giving a more comprehensive understanding of what the genus looked like.

Paleoecology

Archelon first lived in the shallow waters of the vast Western Interior Seaway around 70-80 million years ago. The genus shared its environment with an array of other marine life including plesiosaurs, mosasaurs and fish, and existed on a diet of jellyfish, crustaceans and molluscs.

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