Dinosaur of the Day #292 - Preondactylus

Ankylodactylus

Preondactylus is another contender for earliest pterosaur although new discoveries are constantly challenging this.‭ ‬One feature that confirms the basal placement of Preondactylus is the short wings, since as pterosaurs evolved the wings became proportionately larger.‭ ‬The hind legs are also very long in relation to the total body length.

The diet of Preondactylus has been difficult to determine with certainty with most researchers sitting on the fence between piscivore and insectivore.‭ ‬While Preondactylus does seem to be associated with a marine environment,‭ ‬it does not mean that one should just come to the conclusion that Preondactylus was a fish eater.

The name Preondactylus comes from the Preone region of Italy where is was discovered,‭ ‬and combined the Greek‭ ‘‬dactylus‭’ ‬or‭ '‬finger‭’‬,‭ ‬in reference to the wing construction.‭ ‬The holotype specimen suffered a lot of damage when it was recovered however when the slab it was on broke apart during extraction.‭ ‬Also when cleaned,‭ ‬much of the specimen was washed away leaving just an impression in the stone.‭ ‬This was not a total disaster however as a very simple method of employed to reveal Preondactylus.‭ ‬Silicone was poured into the impression and allowed to set.‭ ‬Once solid,‭ ‬the researchers just had to pull the moulding off and the bones of Preondactylus were revealed once again.‭

The most exciting discovery that may possibly represent another specimen of Preondactylus is a disarticulated mass of bones.‭ ‬Although it might not sound like much to get excited about,‭ ‬this mass of bones is actually a gastric pellet from a the predatory fish Saurichthys.‭ ‬Many fish cannot digest or excrete bone,‭ ‬so once the flesh has been digested the bones and other indigestible material is regurgitated in the form of a pellet,‭ ‬like how an owl will eat mice,‭ ‬but bring up the fur and bones in the form of a pellet.‭ ‬Unfortunately no one can say for certain if these remains really are attributable to Preondactylus as the only thing that can be said about this specimen is that it comes from roughly the same area as the holotype specimen.‭ ‬However the presence of this pellet does at least prove that while pterosaurs often fed upon fish,‭ ‬it sometimes worked the other way around.

Rarity: Rare.
Tier: TBA.
Health: 2250
Damage: 1350
Speed: 133.
Armour: 0%
Critical: 5%

Sideflap.
Evasive Impact.
Instant Cunning Strike.
Stuck Landing.
Low Tide.
Absorb.

Resistant to rending (33%), speed decrease (100%) and swap prevention (100%).

First things first… I just have to say that Preondactylus has the best attack animation of any creature in the game. it’s just so cute!!

Preondactylus is another new pterosaur flock added with the 2.14 update. She’s not bad for a Rare creature and she comes with a reasonable set of stats. Her abilities are nothing special though. It’s the usual dodge and debuff that we have come to expect from flocks. At least there’s no built in healing but at the same time it makes Preondactylus feel a little underwhelming. I have a feeling that Preondactylus is simply a DNA farm for Ankylodactylus. Even so, she may see use early in the Arena but I think she’s just going to be there in people’s collections for the DNA.

What are your thoughts on Preondactylus?

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Preondactylus is the fastest thing in the game, every move it has, has some sort of dogging element to it and it is immune to speed decrease. So it is a staller, and it’ll be a big pain in tournaments, and you can’t just use tanycola like with sloths, this thing is a flock so we need something like tanycola but with group attacks to counter it.

I can see it will be like velociraptor in tournaments, you love it when you have it, but you hate it when you don’t have it but your opponent does

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Perhaps a bit random, but I love how easy this one is to dart.

I do think it highlights how badly the powercreep is affecting the game though. With it being faster than even a velociraptor, having higher health plus being a flock in general, I feel as though it’s really time to have an update for the older dinos too.

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I do think that all the older creatures need a huge redo to bring them into the current meta of the game. It’s a shame that we have so many creatures but most are left behind or just end up as DNA farms. But on the flip side, the whole point is to have us chase the new creatures which is understandable.

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