“This dinosaur, the Sauropelta, is a valuable species.”
Sauropelta is a genus of nodosaurid dinosaur that originated from Early Cretaceous North America.
Sauropelta is an unsociable animal. It lives in pairs and does not like other animals around it. It will fight with other armoured dinosaurs, including other Sauropelta, if the exhibit is too crowded for its liking.
Sauropelta is one of the best understood of the nodosaurs, with many specimens found. Like all nodosaurs it had bony armour running from its head to its tail. However, Sauropelta has unique spikes on its neck. These large spikes may have been an adaptation to ward off dromeosaurids such as Deinonychus, which usually attack the prey's neck. The spikes would have also been effective against larger predators such as Acrocanthosaurs. Half of the dinosaur's length is its tail, which is unusual in nodosaurs. The reason why the tail is unknown currently, but one theory is that it had spikes that acted as a sort of 'scissor' weapon, much like the nodosaur Gastonia that lived slightly earlier.
As well as Acrocanthosaurus and Deinonychus, Sauropelta lived alongside the ornithopods Tenontosaurus and Zephyrosaurus, the early ceratopsid Aquilops, and the large sauropod Sauroposeidon.
- Sauropelta was the twenty-first dinosaur to receive a Species Profile. Before its official confirmation on June 1 2018, Sauropelta was first mentioned in an official tweet.
- For reasons unknown, in game Sauropelta can be found in the Morrison Formation, despite the fact that Sauropelta appeared almost 38 million years after the youngest layers of the Morrison. This could be a reference to similar dinosaurs found at the Morrison Formation such as Gargoyleosaurus and the similarly named Mymoorapelta or that the Cloverly Formation lies just above the Morrison.
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