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Dinosaur of the Day #193 : Meiolania

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When first‭ ‬described from fossil skulls,‭ ‬Meiolania was first thought to have been a lizard,‭ ‬hence the name which means‭ ‘‬small roamer‭’‬.‭ ‬This is a reflection to the earlier description of Megalania‭ (‬today known as Varanus priscus‭) ‬which means great roamer and was also named by Owen in‭ ‬1859.‭ ‬In time however it was learned that Meiolania was actually a terrestrial turtle and one of if not the largest terrestrial turtle to live.

Meiolania species come in a number of sizes but smaller specimens are usually attributed to smaller island populations,‭ ‬something that could be attributed to insular dwarfism.‭ ‬The larger specimens of Meiolania are estimated at up to two hundred and fifty centimetres long,‭ ‬and although some aquatic turtles such as Archelon were bigger,‭ ‬Meiolania is the biggest known land living turtle.‭ ‬The only real rival that Meiolania has in terms of size is the giant Colossochelys from Asia which is estimated between two hundred and fifty and two hundred and seventy centimetres long.

Although we know that Meiolania was a turtle we still don’t know what kind.‭ ‬Turtles are classed as either being members of the Cryptodira which fold their necks under their spines,‭ ‬while the Pleurodira group of turtles fold their necks to their sides.‭ ‬Meiolania however could not do either of these things because of the arrangement of spikes on top of its skull that would have prevented the head from sliding under the shell.‭ ‬Despite this however,‭ ‬the Meiolaniidae family of turtles which Meiolania belongs to is still grouped under the Cryptodira.

Aside from the large spikes on the head,‭ ‬Meiolania also had a spiked tail similar to some tails of the mammalian glyptodonts,‭ ‬and it’s plausible that these may have been defensive features for protecting the head and tail extremities from predators.‭ ‬Such adaptations would have made it difficult for predators to close their mouths around these spots without getting a mouthful of spikes.

The disappearance of much of the Pleistocene megafauna is often attributed to the arrival of humans and in the case of Meiolania there is actually strong evidence to support this.‭ ‬In Vanuatu the remains of the species Meiolania damelipi have been found in the rubbish dumps of early human settlements.‭ ‬Of particular note is the fact that most of these remains are of leg bones which strongly suggests that the body of the animal was butchered elsewhere,‭ ‬possibly at the site of the kill and more manageable parts like the legs were brought back for later consumption.‭ ‬Study of the layers of these rubbish deposits also points to an event where Meiolania went extinct only three hundred years after the first human contact.‭ ‬This fate was nearly shared by the Galápagos tortoise‭ (‬Chelonoidis nigra‭) ‬after the arrival of the first Europeans on the Galápagos Islands.

meiolania-size

Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: TBA.
Health: 3660.
Damage: 900.
Speed: 104.
Defence: 50%
Critical chance: 5%

DNA can be used to create Mammolania.

Superior Invulnerability.
Regeneration.
Devastation.
Immune to Vulnerability.
Immune to Damage Over Time.

Meiolania is very similar to it’s Epic cousin Carbonemys with the change that it has Regeneration rather than Dig In. She certainly looks like a good epic choice especially if you cannot get a hold of Carbonemys. As she is a global spawn I am certain that you’ll be seeing this beastie a lot in future and especially the hybrid - which we will get to in a couple days.

What are your thoughts on this cenozoic turtle?

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I’m glad this is another global. I’ve been finding loads of them.

Looking forward to using her, although I am honestly tired of dinos with immunities, especially to DoT.

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Yes, there are too many with immunities and often they are the ones that are good enough not to need them. Individual immunities are a better idea but they need to be needed rather than expected.

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Wait, I always thought the “lania” meant “ripper”. I have a book that says that too. But I looked it up, and all sources seem to say that it’s “roamer” or “wanderer”.
Odd.

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yay. turtle.
Glad it’s an all day global. I can’t decide if i like this one or carbo better.
Time for a battle of the turtles.

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ngl, Meiolania does look like an ankylosaur

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It has been nearly a year since the Dinosaur of the Day discussions started and I thought it might be nice to slowly revisit them and see how things have changed.

Rarity: Rare.
Tier: Alpha High.
Health: 3660.
Damage: 900.
Speed: 104.
Defence: 50%
Critical chance: 5%

Superior Invulnerability.
Regeneration.
Devastation.
Immune to Vulnerability.
Immune to Damage Over Time.

Meiolania has not changed since her introduction. Haven’t had much chance to try her out yet but she seems quite good. Definitely close to her sister Carbonemys. She’s fairly straight forward and easy to use - chomp, chomp harder and then regenerate, repeat. She’ll suffer to high damage chompers but otherwise she’ll do good.

What are your thoughts on this cenozoic turtle in the current game?

A worse carbonemys, but still really good

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Well after today’s event I have Meiolania at lvl 24 and have enough to get it to lvl 27, will provide well in tournaments, plus the high level stats are pretty good. Not really working on leveling up Mammolania at the moment

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Honestly, this turtle beats carbonemys at the same level because the 50% health regen beats the 25% one every time. Carbonemys wins if it enters first and is the first one into the cycle where it can devastate every other turn.

After the 2.0 update, carbonemys is better with resistances and meilania lost all immunities and has no resistances at all. They nerfed the attack of carbonemys to make its regen slightly lower than meiolania

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Artist: Roman Uchytel

Rarity: Rare.
Tier: TBA.
Health: 3150.
Damage: 1000.
Speed: 105.
Defence: 50%
Critical chance: 5%

Superior Vulnerability.
Emergency Heal.
Devastation.

Meiolania has seen a 500 point health drop and a small damage increase. The health drop seems unnecessary but it’s nice to see her damage come up to the standard. Her abilities have stayed the same but Meiolania has lost her immunities/resistances and I’m not sure why. She will still play the same way she always has but it just seems odd to remove them when she has lost a large amount of health.

While Meiolania has better damage now (by a little bit) I don’t see her being a Raid creature. Takes too long to get the big damage and boss that chomps will take her down too easily to be worthwhile.

What are your thoughts on Meiolania after recent updates and how would you use her now?

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