Polacanthus

Release Version: Base Game

Classification

DietHerbivore
HabitatTerrestrial
EraEarly Cretaceous
FamilyNodosauridae
GenusPolacanthus
Bio GroupArmored Herbivore

Size

Height (m)2.2
Length (m)7
Weight (kg)900

Rating

Base Appeal59
Appeal (Per $1MM)314.7
Appeal (Per Hectare)316.1
Base Dominance85
Base AppealAppeal (Per $1MM)Appeal (Per Hectare)Base Dominance
Polacanthus
Median

Stats

Security Rating1
Lifespan34 - 67
Resilience130
Attack45
Defence40
Medical Dart Resistance76
Sedative Resistance60
Poison Resistance100

Environmental Needs

Comfort30% , 60% , 90%
Open Space (m2)95048%
Water (m2)1005%
Ground Leaf (m2)95048%

Cohabitation Preferences

Social Group1 - 2
Ideal Population0 - 8
Area Need Growth+80%
Likes
Liked By
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)
Isle of WightEuropeUKSouth Coast
fossil_ankylosauria_commonx5
fossil_ankylosauria_uncommonx4
fossil_ankylosauria_rarex3
504:00$240,0003

Synthesis

Eggs1 - 3
Requirements (Genetics)5
Scientists (Max)3
Duration00:50
Cost$75,000

Incubation

Requirements (Welfare)5
Scientists (Max)3
Duration02:30
Cost$150,000

Genome Trait Chances

Genetic Mods (Max)5
Humility-50%Needy
Habituation9%Docile
Nocturnal4%Nocturnal
Defence50%Defensive

Disease

ImmuneNone
SusceptibleNone

Description

Polacanthus is a genus of herbivorous ankylosaurid that lived during the Early Cretaceous period, around 125m years ago. It can grow up to around 7m in length and is covered with armor plates and protruding spikes which help it to protect itself from predators – in fact, these spikes are the basis for its name, which translates to ‘many spines’.

Discovery

Polacanthus was discovered by celebrated paleontologist Reverend William D. Fox on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England, in 1865. The remains consisted of numerous bones including the pelvis, multiple vertebrae and spines and a thighbone. More specimens have since been recovered from the same location, giving a much more detailed idea of Polacanthus’ appearance and behavior.

Paleoecology

Roaming near to the coast in England parts of Western Europe, this genus would have co-existed with many other dinosaurs during the Early Cretaceous period, including predators such as Baryonyx and Neovenator, who may have preyed upon medium-sized herbivores like Polacanthus.

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