DinoFightsNoobMember0 XPAug-02-2013 12:06 PM
Welcome ladies and gentleman, to my daily DinoFight. I always appreciate my loyal readers, but for those of you who are new, every day I pit two of the most formidable dinosaurs to ever exist against one another in a fight to the death (most of the time).
Medium division, round 1, fight 8: Ichthyovenator vs Medusaceratops
InGen File: Ichthyovenator
Code Name: Fish hunter
Danger Level: Low unless hungry or provoked
Height: 12 feet
Length: 30 feet
Weight: 2 tons
Speed: 25 mph
Diet: Fish, small to medium sized aquatic animals, smaller dinosaurs
Weapons: Claws, bite
Description: Ichthyovenator is a rare spinosaur that lives on Isla Nublar. They have a small population of females that produce offspring asexually every spring but many of the hatchlings are consumed within their first few months of life. The mothers have to leave their nests unattended in order to catch fish for the juveniles and during that time they are often consumed by small carnivores or pterosaurs.
Females are the most common and are usually light green with crocodilian scutes on their skin. Males, which are extremely rare, tend to be a darker green, slightly larger and more aggressive.
They, like all other known spinosaurs, have excellent vision and depth perception to time their attacks on fish swimming towards them. Their eyes are very similar to those of a crocodile, with clear eyelids that allow them to see well underwater. Also like other spinosaurs, they are great swimmers that have powerful limbs with webbed toes and they can hold their breath underwater for over a half hour during hunts. Their huge claws help them take down prey.
Ichthyovenator walks in a quadrupedal posture fairly frequently and they walk on their "fists" like an anteater to avoid damaging their claws.
Ichthyovenator is fairly friendly towards humans and do not see them as a food source unless they are very hungry, something that is common now because of its food being stolen and it being outcompeted by larger carnivores. They were part of the original tour as part of the Baryonyx display but once they started growing odd looking sails they were transported to Isla Sorna for research and it turned out they were a new species. They were not named and given their own file prior to the 1993 incident and thus were forgotten soon after the original Jurassic Park closed, still being counted as Baryonyx. The last surviving two were captured in December 2012 and put into a safe temporary paddock. They were a very old male and female and they failed to reproduce. As of 2013 they are completely extinct but DNA samples remain frozen and their information on care and such are locked in the secret archives of the California InGen facility. Cloning is not planned as of now but Dr. Henry Wu has stated that future cloning is very likely.
Code Name: Medusa
Danger Level: Harmless unless provoked
Height: 7.5 feet
Length: 20 feet
Weight: 3 tons
Speed: Charges at 35 mph
Diet: Various plants
Weapons: Large horns, speed
Description: Medusaceratops lives strictly on Isla Nublar and travels the island in a single large herd. Females and juveniles compose the herd most of the year but during the Fall mating season males join the herd. Adult males are often solitary.
Medusaceratops males have green faces with white stripes and their frill fades to a lighter green. They have very large horns proportionate to body size that curve outwards. Normally their bodies are also a green color with black mottled marks along its spine.
Females are brown or olive with smaller face horns that the males. Their frill horns, however, are equally as large and they curve downwards in varying degrees depending on the individual. Medusaceratops eat the low lying melons and other fruits native to the island. Due to their plentiful food source and their herding tactic, Medusaceratops are among the most common dinosaurs created by InGen with around 60 individuals being counted crossing a roar from a helicopter. Given that there are also males that don't join the herd, the population could number around 100, making it a serious contender for the species of dinosaur with the highest population behind only some hadrosaurs and a few other ceratopsians. The original twenty were cloned in 2003 as soon as the fossils were discovered and their unique diet, which consists entirely of melons and berries, allowed them to quickly make a niche for themselves and their population exploded almost immediately. They are currently being considered as a petting zoo attraction for the 2015 park.
An Ichthyovenator, driven out of the water by a Suchomimus, walks through the jungles of Isla Nublar. Brightly colored birds and dark Microraptors fly and glide overhead. He walks past a herd of giant Huaxiaosaurus, but knows that if he attacks he'll be crushed. Instead, he walks on in search of something slightly less dangerous. He comes across a lone bull Medusaceratops, separated from his herd. The bull is oblivious to the Ichthyovenator, too busy eating some low lying melons, its natural favorite but formerly rare food from the Cretaceous. The Ichthyovenator, in danger of starvation, risks an ambush. He runs ahead and bites the Medusaceratops in the flank as hard as he can. The Medusaceratops bellows in surprised pain and whips around. The Ichthyovenator holds on and is thrown to the ground. He stands up and is missing many of his front teeth, forcing him to rely on his claws until he can risk another bite. He stands up and runs back a distance, repositioning himself for an attack. He now is standing in front of the ceratopsian, so an ambush is out of the question. The Medusaceratops is ready, stomping its feet and brightening its frill. It charges towards the Ichthyovenator but he jumps out of the way at the last second. He slashes at the Medusaceratops, tearing into its shoulder. It whips around and he bites its frill. It steps back and pulls him to the ground. He stands awkwardly and weakly as he hangs on and the Medusaceratops takes advantage, pushing its long horns into him. The horns penetrate all the way through him, and the Medusaceratops flings him into the air. He hits the ground with a thud and the Medusaceratops runs forward and gores him again. It flings him to the side again and he hits a tree. He bounces off in a sickening way, bent unnaturally. He miraculously survives, but the Medusaceratops stabs him one more time and tosses him over itself like a rag doll then rears up stomps on his skull, crushing it with a loud squish and killing him instantly if it was even still alive. It turns back to its fruit and bites into the melon with its beak.
That was a brutal squash match. As a matter of fact, that was probably the fastest DinoFight yet. The descriptions were longer! Long story short; the Ichthyovenator wasn't built for hunting ceratopsians. It had relatively weak jaws and while it had a pretty robust build, it was not capable of overpowering the very heavily built Medusaceratops. Disarming it was crucial, and it couldn't have bit its horns off due to its frail jaws. It would be a stretch to say that even its powerful arms could have snapped them off before it got brutally gored. There was little to no chance from the beginning.
NEXT UP: Eocarchia, the speedy carcharodontosaur with razor sharp teeth, a quick bite and a big brain
Veterupristisaurus, the earliest carcharodontosaur with a powerful build and a wide gape
When these two competing rivals meet, who wins?
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