'flat lizard'
4000kg, 7.0m-long sauropod
sauropod silhouette
Diet: herbivorous herbivorous food icon
Period: Late Triassic, 210 million years ago
Teeth: grinding teeth with a horny beak at the front
How it moved: on 2 or 4 legs
Food: plant material

Plateosaurus had 5-fingered hands and a large thumb claw, which may have been for defence or for collecting food. Finds in Germany suggest that this dinosaur may have lived in herds.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Prosauropoda, Plateosauria, Plateosauridae
Named by: Meyer (1837)
Type species: engelhardti

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