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Temporal range: Middle Triassic
An artist's illustration of Paraplacodus broilli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Sauropterygia
Order: Placodontia
Genus: Paraplacodus
Peyer, 1931
Referred species
  • Paraplacodus broilli
    (Peyer, 1931) (type)

Paraplacodus was a large placodont. The meaning of its name is "almost 'Placodus", a similar creature.


This creature grew about six feet long and about 18 inches tall.

It weighed up to 250 pounds.


The shape of its teeth suggest it ate shellfish.

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