Elasmosaurus

Release Version: Base Game

Classification

DietPiscivore
HabitatAquatic
EraLate Cretaceous
FamilyElasmosauridae
GenusElasmosaurus
Bio GroupMarine Reptile

Size

Height (m)1
Length (m)10
Weight (kg)9,000

Rating

Base Appeal403
Appeal (Per $1MM)758.6
Appeal (Per Hectare)403.9
Base Dominance102
Base AppealAppeal (Per $1MM)Appeal (Per Hectare)Base Dominance
Elasmosaurus
Median

Stats

Security Rating5
Lifespan40 - 80
Resilience130
Attack82
Defence20
Medical Dart Resistance158
Sedative Resistance82
Poison Resistance150

Environmental Needs

Comfort50% , 70% , 90%
Open Space (m2)17200100%
Tuna (m2)4

Cohabitation Preferences

Social Group2 - 3
Ideal Population0 - 15
Area Need Growth+30%
Likes
Liked By

None

Dislikes
Disliked By
Neutral
None
Fight
Hunt
Pack Hunt

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)DurationCostScientists (Max)
Pierre ShaleNorth AmericaUSAMontana
fossil_plesiosaur_uncommonx3
fossil_plesiosaur_rarex2
fossil_plesiosaur_commonx5
1007:00$960,0003

Synthesis

Eggs1 - 3
Requirements (Genetics)10
Scientists (Max)3
Duration02:40
Cost$212,500

Incubation

Requirements (Welfare)10
Scientists (Max)3
Duration08:00
Cost$425,000

Genome Trait Chances

Genetic Mods (Max)7
Appetite-25%Large Appetite
Humility-25%Needy
Aggression-25%Aggressive
Defence-25%Vulnerable

Disease

ImmuneAlgae Poisoning
Bracken Poisoning
Foot And Mouth
Ivy Poisoning
Hyperoxalemia
SusceptibleNone

Description

The carnivorous plesiosaur Elasmosaurus is easily recognizable thanks to its extended neck, which can grow up to 10m in length – roughly double the length of the rest of its body. Elasmosaurus’ streamlined body and paddle-shaped limbs allow it to swim quickly in search of fish and small reptiles to eat, grabbing prey with its long, sharp teeth. Its name translates to ‘thin-plate reptile’, referring to the plate-like bones in its chest and pelvis.

Discovery

Elasmosaurus was discovered by army doctor Theophilus Hunt Turner and army scout William Comstock in 1867, while studying rock formations near their base at Fort Wallace, Kansas. The amateur pair unearthed three large fossils and passed them on to paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope, who soon confirmed that it was a new genus of plesiosaur.

Paleoecology

Elasmosaurus existed in North America during the Late Cretaceous period, around 80m years ago. It swam the Western Interior Seaway, living alongside other marine reptiles and many species of fish, cephalopods and turtles.

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