“You've created a Nodosaurus. The name means 'knobbed lizard'. It's a tough dinosaur... I guess you would be too with that name.”
Nodosaurus is a genus of nodosaurid dinosaur that originated from Late Cretaceous North America. Nodosaurus are unlocked by the Hammond Foundation upon completion of the Science Division's mission on Isla Tacaño.
Much like Ankylosaurus, Nodosaurus has excellent defences, yet a short lifespan and poor immunity. However it is one of the cheaper dinosaurs available and has relatively low space needs. The inexpensive incubation of Nodosaurus means that its genes can be edited so that it can have a longer lifespan and better immunity without raising the price too high.
Nodosaurus is not a very social animal, though it isn't quite as hostile as Sauropelta. It can live alone, in a small group of four or less, or alternatively with seven other dinosaurs. It can be used to make an armoured dinosaur display with Ankylosaurus, Polacanthus and Crichtonsaurus.
Nodosaurus is a medium sized herbivorous dinosaur from Wyoming and Kansas, uniquely it was found in both the west and east coasts of the inland sea that was present in North America during the Cretaceous. Nodosaurus, despite being a type genus for its family the nodosaurs, is known from scant fossil material much like Ankylosaurus. So far only the partial remains of two specimens have been found. The nodosauridae family are recognisable from the Ankylosauridae by their lack of tail clubs and narrower mouths, suggesting they were more selective about their diets.
Nodosaurus was discovered in the Peay Sandstone of the Frontier Formation in 1889 and lived alongside another relatively unknown armoured dinosaur, Stegopelta.
- Nodosaurus was the twentieth dinosaur to receive a Species Profile, on 25 May 2018.
- The model of the Nodosaurus seems to be based on another genus of nodosaurid dinosaur called Borealopelta (although this is likely due to the low amounts of Nodosaurus fossils that have been excavated). The resemblance is further enhanced by the arid and jungle skins, both of which bear a resemblance to the ginger red, counter-shaded coloration of Borealopelta.
Nodosaurus on Wikipedia