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InGen Files Othnielia rex



Jurassic Park InGen Files: Othnielia rex

Age: Late Jurassic around 145 million years ago (Oxfordian-Tithonian)

Diet: Herbivore

Length: up to 2 meters

Weight: around 15 kg

Notes: Othnielia is a genus of ornithischian dinosaur. This small Hypsilophodont is part of a family that were quite widespread all around the world during the Jurassic and early Cretaceous.
Othnielia is one of the most common dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. They live in large herds on the open plains and forest margins, feeding on grass, tree ferns, and other low lying plants. They enter the thick forests at night to take shelter under the trees and evade the nocturnal predators of Isla Sorna and Isla Nublar. They sometimes hop up onto low lying branches of trees when startled, which has led some park researchers to believe that they spend most of their time in the trees, but this is not the case. They have even been spotted sleeping on such low branches when there are many predators around. Researchers quickly learned to trust the Othies, as they fondly dubbed them, and take refuge in their vehicles or hide-highs whenever the animals took to the trees. They have good eyesight and a powerful sense of smell, and each herd has a sentry that keeps watch from a nearby stump or rock, making them very alert to danger. In fact even other herbivores have come to rely on the skittish nature of the othies, to be wary of nearby predators... They are shy creatures, which only tolerate the company of large herbivores in order to pick through the juicy leaves that fall to the ground as they feed, which the Othnielia would otherwise be unable to reach.
They are very active animals that are often seen moving in great herds of fifty or more individuals, at great speed. Othies can reach speeds of up to 70km/hr out in the open, and can often easily escape a predator. However, they are a common prey item on almost all medium to large predators’ menus... This is not a problem for biodiversity on the islands, as Othnielia reproduce often and reach maturity in a relatively short period of time. We bred them in great numbers before abandoning the islands, and they remain a common species. They lay speckled eggs which they hide in small mounds of rotting vegetation.

I have yet to design a skull logo for this animal


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