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Plateosaurus
Temporal range: Late Triassic
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An artist's illustration of Plateosaurus engelhardti
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Family: Plateosauridae
Genus: Plateosaurus
Type species
Plateosaurus engelhardti
von Meyer, 1837
Referred species
  • Plateosaurus engelhardti
    (von Meyer, 1837)
  • Plateosaurus gracilis
    (von Huene, 1907–08) (originally Sellosaurus)
Synonyms
  • Dimodosaurus Pidancet & Chopard, 1862
  • Gresslyosaurus Rütimeyer, 1856
  • Pachysaurops von Huene, 1961
  • Pachysaurus von Huene, 1907–1908
  • Pachysauriscus Kuhn, 1959
  • Sellosaurus von Huene, 1907–1908

Plateosaurus was a large prosauropod dating back to late Triassic Europe. One of the bigger members of the prosauropod group, this dinosaur measured roughly twenty-eight feet in length. It shared it's environment with non-dinosaurian reptiles like pyhytosaurs, giant amphibian stegocephalians, first pterosaurs and primative theropod such as Liliensternus and Halticosaurus among others.

Plateosaurus was one of the last prosauropod dinosaurs that walked on its hind legs alone. Like other prosauropods it fed on plants, though it might've eaten small invertebrates as well.

It was falsely depicted as living in North America alongside Coelophysis, appearing right at the end and scaring away a flock the Triassic theropods, in the BBC special "Walking with Dinosaurs", not an impractical theory due to the connection of the continents at the time, but still incorrect.

Popular Culture

  • Plateosaurus featured in Walking with Dinosaurs.
  • It was also appeared in Fantasia.
  • Josef Augusta wrote about Plateosaurus in his book "The Vanished World".
    Fantasia Thecodontosaurus

    Fantasia plateosaurus

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