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Dinosaur of the Day #112 - Spinosaurus

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Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus is a carnivorous dinosaur that lived in what is now Northern Africa during the Cretaceous period—about 110 million years ago. Most scientist agree that this dinosaur probably hunted both on land and in water and probably lived on a diet of both fish and small mammals. It is believed these dinosaurs floated in much the same way that modern crocodiles do; lying in wait and then using the element of surprise to hunt prey. They were first discovered in 1912 in Western Egypt by Richard Markgraf, although this original specimen was destroyed during the bombing of Munich, Germany during World War II. Since then, scientists have had to make due with studying the plaster casts of this animal.

Spinosaurus is one of the biggest dinosaurs known to scientists today. It is even bigger than the T. Rex. In fact, a Spinosaurus outweighs a typical T. Rex by about 1 ton and the next largest dinosaur—Gigantasauraus—by about a half of a ton.

There are a lot of interesting facts surrounding this large dinosaur. For instance, Spinosaurus was about 49 feet tall (comparable to a 5 story building), and weighed between 7-20 tons, or about the equivalent of 3 male elephants. It is also one of the first dinosaurs to have been identified as the first possible “swimming dinosaur”. Another interesting fact is that the Spinosaurus has a six foot long skull that was shaped much like a modern crocodiles skull. This made it easier for this dinosaur to fish. It is believed that these dinosaur’s walked on all fours when they weren’t in the water, but could also rear up on their hind legs like grizzly bears when they threatened.

They had a whole lot of different types of teeth. These included canines for ripping flesh, and an assortment of conical and grinding teeth. This was because of its varied diet which not only included fish but also may have included small mammals and other dinosaurs.

Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Survivour.
Health: 3900.
Damage: 1000.
Speed: 122
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

DNA can be used for: Spinotahraptor.

Exploit Wound.
Gashing Wound.
Strike.

So, thoughts on this dinosaur? Is it worth including on a team? Tactics and suggestions? What changes would you make and anything else you can think of?`

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Dinosaur of the Day #114 - Spinotahraptor
Dinosaur of the Day #113 - Spinosaurus Gen 2
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Never appears often enough for me and it’s one of my lowest level dinosaurs. Even so, it doesn’t seem all that great. Just another bleed based dinosaur - a one trick pony. I think it’s another DNA farm for it’s hybrid.

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Wow. I am surprised that no one has commented on this one. Is it that bad?

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#4

I was actually really excited when I first created this dino because of how it handled the T-Rex in the movie. :sunglasses:

However, the DoT damage wasn’t all that enticing for me to use her back then but after the revamp I feel like she’ll perform a lot better in the lower arenas now.

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#5

I use this dino in friendly battles for the vulnerability
This is how my indom did 11,840 damage to a dino

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#6

Don’t see Spino often but I’m quick to dart those I do come across, always a welcome sight for fuses for my Spinotasuchus

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#7

Sorry to break it to you, but almost everything is outdated in your little article now, Colin.

Rex is once again the official biggest theropod. Sure, Spino is longer, but even looking at the skeleton, it’s a very slender dinosaur, despite being a good 2-3 meters longer than T-Rex.

The 20 tons weight always was a myth, it’s based off of the calculations of a non-trustable paleontologist. It was immediately put into place by respectable paleontologists like Dr. Robert Bakker, the correct estimate being around 7-13 tons. But ofc it is spread around by awesomebro Spino fanboys. The same kind of kids that believe that the Spinosaurus could kill a Rex, when it’s a scientific fact even an Allosaurus or an above-average sized Carnotaurus would stomp it into the ground. It simply doesn’t have the jaw, teeth and arm anatomy to fight or kill anything above 1.2 tons on land.

Then after the work of Ibrahim, Hartman and the likes, we now know Spinosaurus is around 6,4-7,4 tons. In comparison, Sue and Scotty are in the 8-9 tons range and even Stan and Wyrex is around a good 6,8-8 tons.

Not only that, but the quadrapedal stance was debunked. The general consensus is that it walked and acted like a giant Pelican.

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#8

I want to level this one up badly.

I think it’s exploit wound is underrated and at team level would be a great set of moves.

However given the choice of only leveling it or making it’s hybrids and thier hybrids… It’s just a brood mare now.

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@Raven that;s great. Mine was made up of scanning through various sites for info. I’ve never quite gone with the size some people think it would have been but I’m no expert. I went with want I kept seeing.

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#10

Yeah, there are quite a bunch of bad info circling around on the internet about Spinosaurus because of JP3 fanboys.

I highly recommend checking Scott Hartmann’s DeviantArt page. He is very active with reconstructions there. He also has a website and happens to use Facebook.

I am in the Facebook group Paleontology Coproliteposting and Hartmann happens to be part of said group as well. He is a great and kind of a down to the Earth guy (pun intended). He was kind enough to give me insight on the whole Torosaurus-Triceratops fiasco despite me being only a casual dinosaur lover and not being anywhere near proper paleontology.

Granted he is usually very busy with work, but one of the most fun and helpful, as well as one of the biggest skulls on the field. He is one of the go-to guys if you are concerned about correct dinosaur anatomy.

He also recently published a corrected Giganotosaurus skeleton. Sadly, turns out both Giga and Carcharadontosaurus had average-sized heads (which are still around Rex skull size). Just not the giant, 1,6-2 meters hatchet jawed beasts we once thought they are.

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#11

Had no idea this was up.

I like spino, but I havent seen him in the wild for about 3 months.
Like you said, a one trick pony.

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#12

incoming drawing

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#13

I love spino irl, but it seems like it always kinda gets shafted in the JP Ludia games. In JP:Builder and JW:TG it’s way underrated, and it’s still not fantastic in this game either. Mine really just collects DNA for its hybrid, and it’s hybrid in turn for Spinotahsuchus. It’s a great starter Dino though for sure.

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#14

I don’t remember using this one much. I do like Spino, but it’s yet another dinosaur for the DNA farm.

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#15

I though Exploit Wound would work on DOT also but it turns out not.
That’s a shame because that means the first turn or vulnerability is wasted and serve no purpose.

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#16

It makes Gashing Wound into Gashing Impact. It’s not useless, just a tiny bit redundant.

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#17

Exploit wound is wholly underrated. I’m surprised that in this swap in dark system of things people haven’t caught on.

It give an extra +.5 to any swap in damage.

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#18

Because all of the higher tier Dions loses their vulnerability strike somehow.

Only the most basic ones keep it and you can’t justify yourself to put them in the team just for the potental swap in X 1.5

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