|Lifespan||35 - 70|
|Medical Dart Resistance||60|
|Comfort||50% , 70% , 90%|
Unlocked by retrieving the fossil from one of the following dig sites:
|Dig Sites||Locations||Fossils||Requirements (Logistics)||Duration||Cost||Scientists (Max)|
|Eggs||3 - 6|
Genome Trait Chances
|Genetic Mods (Max)||6|
Notable for its large, elongated skull and unusual curved jaw, Dsungaripterus is a genus of pterosaur that lived around 130 million years ago during the Early Cretaceous period. Dsungaripterus’ jaw narrows to a point and contains no teeth at the front, with a row of flat teeth at the back for piercing the armor of shellfish.
The discovery of Dsungaripterus came in 1964, when Chinese paleontologist Yang Zhongjian recovered a partial skeleton from the Junggar Basin in the north west of China. In fact, the name Dsungaripterus means ‘Junggar wing’ – and further investigation of the site led to the excavation of a more complete skeleton in 1973.
Dsungaripterus preferred to live near shallow water and mudflats as it existed on a diet of small fish, crustaceans and worms – although it may have preyed upon smaller pterosaurs as well. Experts hypothesising that this piscivore’s strange appearance is an evolutionary trait designed to allow easy extraction of shellfish hidden in rocks.