“All hail the 'dragon king'. The Dracorex. Sounds so intimidating. But, it's just a plant-eater. However, just in case they do rule the earth again, don't tell them I said that.”
Dracorex is a genus of pachycephalosaurid dinosaur that originated from Late Cretaceous North America. Dracorex is first unlocked by the Hammond Foundation upon completion of the Entertainment Division's mission on Isla Matanceros, and can prove to be a challenge to contain in early parks.
Description EditThomson's gazelle.
Dracorex lives in small groups of around four individuals. They do not like a crowded exhibit but are relatively unfussy with how much forest and grassland is inside their enclosure.
Dracorex uses similar animation to hadrosaurs such as Corythosaurus.
Discovered in 2006, Dracorex was an exciting discovery at the time due to its unusual dragon-like appearance. The flathead was reminiscent of other pachycephalosaur species such as Homalocephale, Goyocephale and Wannanosaurus. These dinosaurs were once grouped under the now-defunct homalocephalidae branch. However, later study of the well known Stegoceras found that younger members of this genus had flatter heads before growing the distinctive bony dome of the pachycephalosauridae. This discovery brought scrutiny to the flat-headed species and other species such as Stygimoloch. Many paleontologists now regard Asian species such as Homalocephale to be juvenile Prenocephale, while Dracorex and Stygimoloch are growth stages of Pachycephalosaurus. However, the debate still persists.
- Dracorex is found in the Hell Creek Formation, along with Triceratops and Edmontosaurus.
- The type Dracorex species is Dracorex hogwartsia, which means 'Dragon King of Hogwarts', named in honour of Hogwarts, a school of witchcraft and wizardry from the Harry Potter franchise.
- Dracorex and Stygimoloch may be ontogenetic (growth) juvenile stages of Pachycephalosaurus according to a study by Jack Horner (and others) and further reinforced by Mark Goodwin and David Evans in 2016.
Dracorex on Wikipedia