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Plateosaurus

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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.

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Pronounced
plat-ee-oh-sore-us
Meaning of name
flat lizard
Length
  7m
Height
  2m - 3m
Weight
4000kg
Teeth
grinding teeth with a horny beak at the front
Diet
herbivorous
Food
plant material
How it moved
on 2 or 4 legs
When it lived
Late Triassic
(210  million years ago)
Found in
Germany, France, Switzerland

Taxonomic details

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