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Dinosaur of the Day #94 - Proceratosaurus

Lythronax

Proceratosaurus (Before Ceratosaurus) was a small predatory theropod dinosaur active in what would become southern England during the mid-Jurassic.‭ ‬Arthur Smith Woodward first described the partial skull of Proceratosaurus as another species of Megalosaurus,‭ ‬a genus that suffered from the wastebasket taxon effect of almost any predatory dinosaur fossil being attributed to it.‭ ‬Friedrich von Huene split the skull from Megalosaurus and gave it its current name due to the nasal horn that was similar to the better preserved Ceratosaurus from North America.‭ ‬Proceratosaurus was thought to have been the ancestor to Ceratosaurus,‭ ‬and both were placed within the Coelurosauria group.

The above held true until the realisation that Ceratosaurus was not a member of the Coelurosauria in ‬1980.‭ ‬This immediately meant that Proceratosaurus could not be the ancestor to Ceratosaurus because of its own coelurosaurian features.‭ ‬The discovery also resulted in Proceratosaurus being looked at again to see if is really should be placed within the Coelurosauria.

Initially Proceratosaurus had an uncertain position and was briefly considered as a primitive allosaurid.‭ ‬However further studies would continue,‭ ‬resulting in Proceratosaurus being tentatively placed within the Coelurosauria in‭ ‬2004‭ ‬by Thomas R.‭ ‬Holtz,‭ ‬Jr.‭ ‬However a further study in‭ ‬2010‭ ‬by Oliver Rauhat et al.‭ ‬would have even further implications for the future of Proceratosaurus.‭ ‬Not only was Proceratosaurus confirmed as a coelurosaurid,‭ ‬it was even identified as a tyrannosaurid,‭ ‬something that resulted in the creation of the Proceratosauridae.‭ ‬This is the family group that sits within the Tyrannosauroidea and includes all theropods closer to Proceratosaurus than ‭ Tyrannosaurus.

Although some have questioned the above lineage,‭ ‬if it is correct then Proceratosaurus,‭ ‬or a dinosaur very much like it,‭ ‬would go down as the distant ancestor to the tyrannosaurids instead of other dinosaurs such as Guanlong and Stokesosaurus which previously held the title.‭ ‬To clarify matters this would mean that Proceratosaurus was the dinosaur that would go on to produce the giant tyrannosaurid predators of the late Cretaceous including,‭Daspletosaurus,‭ ‬Alioramus, Yutyrannus‭ ‬Gorgosaurus,‭ ‬and most famous of all, ‬Tyrannosaurus.

Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Survivour.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 1460.
Speed: 125.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

DNA can be used for: Proceratomimus.

Distracting Impact.
Nullifying Strike.
Slowing Impact

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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Not a great dinosaur I don’t think. It’s more of a nuisance than a real threat.

Dr. Stephen Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh, in his book “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs”, cites Proceratosaurs as being some of the earliest Tyrannosaur forms, with older specimens such as Kileskus and Guanlong also falling into the same group. It’s not the crest, but the skulls, and how they were starting to take the trademark Tyrannosaur shape, even at such an early stage in development. As the Tyrannosaur line progressed, arms got shorter, heads got bigger, and a finger was lost.

So Coelurosaurs gave rise ultimately to both the maniraptora and Tyrannosauridae, finally culminating in the ultimate evolution of the Dinosaurs - the birds.

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Procerato - it might have three digits, long arms and a bump on the snout, but it’s still a Tyrannosaur.

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In the game, though, I feel that it is represented fairly in that an almost 2 meter tall predator couldn’t realistically hold its own against larger creatures that were (let’s be honest here) much more advanced in terms of size and strength. Against small lizards and burrowing fuzzballs, it was very successful. Against something 4 times its size… Not so much.

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a drawing is incoming

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Very good read. One thing though, it’s a common misconception, but Yutyrannus ISN’T a Tyrannosauridae. It is actually a TyrannosaurOidae, so it is more closely related to the primitive forms, like Guanlong than T-Rex or Lythronax.

Yutyrannus also has three fingers. Granted it is physically huge and have characteristics that would make one think it’s a Tyrannosauridae, but it isn’t.

One the other hand, the little bugger Moros is a Tyrannosauridae, like Lythronax. Evolution sure is sometimes drunk :smiley:

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Tyrannosaurs in general are still being worked out, with tons of debate going on. The actual progenitor of this family may take a while to discover, but so far, the Proceratosaurs seem to be the earliest (so far).

Yutyrannus is definitely an oddball, as is Quangzhiousaurus, or “Pinocchio Rex” as it’s affectionately known. The Tyrannosauroidae is (to me at least) more or less like the Megalosaurus wastebasket, in that new species of early Tyrannosaur that haven’t been pieced into place within the group’s evolution get temporarily shunted there. This doesn’t make them non-related to T. Rex, it just means that they can’t figure out (for the moment) where to place them in the family tree. Tyrannosauroidae is a sort of “waiting room”, if you want to think of it that way.

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The 1.7 update increased Proceratosaurus’ Damage to 1420 (Ignore the original post where I got the damage wrong initially - oops :blush: )

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.
Metahub Tier: Alpha Low.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 1540.
Speed: 125.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Nullifying Strike.
Distracting Impact.
Slowing Impact.

Proceratosaurus has received a nice damage boost compared to her initial form. Everything else remains as is. Originally categorised as an Survivour, somehow she is now Alpha Low. Not sure how as I still don’t rate her as all that good. While she has two high damage attack forms, unless boosted there as a good chance that damage dealt back - probably by speed boosted dinosaurs is more than likely going to take her out of the fight in my opinion.

What are your thoughts on this dinosaur? Is she viable still or just a DNA farm for Proceratomimus?

I hate procerato and proceratho. Procerato was useless dna until it got a hybrid with ornitho. And it gave me the UGLIEST and most ANNOYING dinosaur in the game. I won’t tqlk about procerathomimus, as it’s irrelevant. But I’m so sad that the beautiful ornitho was fused with an ugly Dino to make an uglier Dino. For ruining the beautiful ornithomimus, I’ll give one thing to both proceratosaurus and procerathomimus.

:fu:

(Sorry this came off as a rant.)

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A friend of mine had this one on her team for a long time, but I think it’s mostly because getting the DNA is so easy, even for an incubator exclusive. I don’t personally see it as all that special, but I guess the speed and DI helps give it some survivability.

I haven’t used it in a long time, and I have enough to give to my alliance members when they request it.

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i remember when this was a wild spawn. man, those were the days.

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Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Alpha Low.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 1540.
Speed: 125.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Distraction.
Distracting Impact.
Nullifying Impact.

The 1.14 update has made a change to Proceratosaurus. She loses nullifying strike in favour of Distraction, and Slowing Impact becomes Nullifying Impact. An interesting change there. The distraction is nice and at least she keeps a nullifying attack. Not sure why she needed to lose slow unless it was deemed she had too many abilities. Now she seems like a distraction engine. It is a bit of change but not necessarily a bad one.

What are your thoughts after the 1.14 update?

I’m going to really miss her with slowing impact.

I’m gonna say it - I do believe Ludia changed this one for no reason other than to mock the people who have been asking for “Procerat” to be nerfed. Because it was a completely random change and doesn’t seem to be one that would affect many people anyway.

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I always used her for nullifying abilities so the loss of slow isn’t too big of a deal for me. Now she joins Tanycolagreus as my main nullifiers.

I don’t know about that but I do wonder whether it means Proceratomimus will get a nerf next update. Fingers crossed. :crossed_fingers: Maybe they don’t want to adjust too many in any single update?

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Rarity: Rare.
Tier: TBA.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 1300.
Speed: 126.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Cunning Strike.
Distracting Impact.
Cunning Impact.

Proceratosaurus has unfortunately seen a damage decrease while her stats otherwise remain unchanged. She has changed from being an annoying distraction/nullify combo to becoming a a cunning creature primarily. While her damage is fair enough, I think she has lost some usefulness or had that spot on a team taken by something else most likely. Proceratosaurus will see use in the lower Arenas before newer and better creatures are discovered.

Proceratosaurus is not something I would use for the Arena. She is probably better off in the tournaments now.

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

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I think she’s still good in tournaments, at least. But that’s really it. She was definitely better before, and I think that all pure cunning creatures are still suffering from the high number of resilients and cleansing-fierce creatures in the game.

I do consider her one of the few dinos I’ll go out of my way to dart because I do hope that her hybrid will get a buff - a real one, this time, that will allow her to be better than DC (as it should be, with uniques and legendaries).

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