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Dinosaur of the Day #75 - Miragaia

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Miragaia was a stegosaur that lived in Late Jurassic Portugal about 150 million years ago in the Jurassic period. It was discovered in 2009 by a paleontologist named Octávio Mateus. Miragaia also has one of the shortest names for dinosaurs. Miragaia stands for “Beautiful Earth Goddess” and to the village where it was first found and longicollum is in reference to its very long neck.

Miragaia was herbivorous, like all stegosaurs. It’s closely related to the more famous Dacentrurus. Together, they form the clade Dacentrurinae.

It had several plates that went down along its back, possibly for thermal regulating or attracting mates and scaring off rivals or predators. It had long spikes that came out of each shoulder, possibly for display. It also had several spikes on its tail (thagomizers) that it could use to hit predators with or scare them off. It was a quadruped, and walked around on four stout, slow-moving legs, but Miragaia was so well defended it didn’t need to run fast. One feature that sets Miragaia apart form other stegosaurs is its extended neck with 17 vertebrae in it. It grew to be about 20 ft (6 m) long from nose to tail, with the extended neck making up a lot of it.

This represents the culmination of a trend of longer necks seen in stegosaurians. Additionally, Miragaia had more neck vertebrae than most sauropods, dinosaurs known for their long necks, which contrasts with the traditional view of stegosaurians as low browsers with short necks. Only the Chinese sauropods Euhelopus, Mamenchisaurus, and Omeisaurus had as many neck vertebrae as Miragaia, with most sauropods of the Late Jurassic possessing only 12 to 15. Mateus and colleagues suggested that the long neck either allowed Miragaia to browse at a level that other herbivores were not exploiting, or that the neck arose due to sexual selection.

Rarity: Common.
Metahub Tier: Alpha.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 1350.
Speed: 117.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Regeneration.
Shielding Strike.
Armour Piercing Counter.

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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#2

I’ve levelled this one up to 15th on the hopes that it will one day get a hybrid. However, for me, this is arguably the worst dinosaur in the game because although there is some damage dealing, it is pretty much a boring defence based dinosaur that doesn’t do anything. It dies very quickly to any shieldbreaker. But I can deny that I am slowly seeing more of it being playing in the Arena.

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#3

Well I thought the same until I met a lvl 22 Miragaia in battle. I guessed my opponent were a dropper, but no…

That armor piercing counter was the thing I underestimated. :expressionless:

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#4

I like her. I have referred to her as the pink Floyd of dinosaurs. As in better than the sum of her parts. Her counter attack is no joke. But her low HP and the cool down on her cleanse regenerate move limits her.

My uses for her is to swap her in or bring her in on a faster opponent or when I need to swap out a Dino to reactivate it’s skills (alankylosaurus dracos edmontoguanadon etc…)

So she is pretty capable but shield breakers and bleeders are her weakness especially suchotator.

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#5

a dino that has to be hit to do its best move is funny.

funny as that regeneration, wich basically tries to give one more chance of counter attack.

but i have to say: even so funny with lack of moves, at higher level is too powerful for a common.

forces opponent to think well what to do.

if its balanced some day, deserves a nice hybrid.

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#6

Very underrated I remember when it was released everyone was saying how bad it was but levelled up can be quite helpful.

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#7

Miragaia is also currently the smallest known species of Stegosaurid.

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#8

I don’t mean to go off topic but I remember reading a paper a few years back that claimed that the long necks were to allow for less movement of the body while grazing has this been disprove?
Colin. Dalek?

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#9

Only heard of this guy in a series called “Dinosaur revolution”

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#10

I would agree that this is generally the case among long-necked animals, especially Sauropods. But Stegosaurs were typically low browsers, so this sort of adaptation makes little sense, especially if you look at it from the high intake/low movement perspective.

These creatures were pretty much Jurassic lawnmowers, eating their fill of low foliage. They didn’t have to move very quickly anyway, unless being pursued by a predator. But Stegosaurs and other low browsers would not be in any given area for long - they moved around in herds a lot (found in the fossil record), and the behavior you suggested would indicate a more sedentary lifestyle, which is not typical of Stegos in general.

The long neck on Miragaia may have been something used to attract a mate, or it had an unusually long “crop” in its throat for pre-digestion (kind of like what birds have).

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#11

Thank you. For the info.

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#12

No problem.

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#13

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