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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Sauropodomorpha
  Infraorder Prosauropoda
  Family Plateosauridae
  Genus Plateosaurus
Plateosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived in Europe during the late Triassic period, between about 222 and 218 million years ago.

Plateosaurus was about 20 to 33 feet (6 to 10 meters) long, and weighed something in the region of 0.7 tons. It appears to have been quite a common animal, and fossils of Plateosaurus have been found in a number of locations including in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Greenland. In fact, fossils of Plateosaurus were even found in a rock core removed by oil-drillers from deep under the North Sea!

Plateosaurus was one of the earliest dinosaurs to be scientifically described. The first description of the animal was published in 1837 by Hermann von Meyer, based on fossils discovered three years earlier by Johann Friedrich Engelhardt at Heroldsberg (which is near Nuremberg) in Germany.


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Plateosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 222 to 218 million years ago

Plateosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 222 to 218 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Plateosaurus:
  1. Plateosaurus was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Plateosaurus" means "flat lizard".

  3. Plateosaurus was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Plateosaurus was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Plateosaurus was a Prosauropod - a member of a group of related early herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaurs which had long necks, small heads, shorter forelimbs than hind limbs, and a thumb claw.

  5. Plateosaurus lived between about 222 million years ago and 218 million years ago, during the Triassic period.

  6. Plateosaurus lived in Europe. Fossils of the animal have been found in Germany, France, Switzerland, Greenland, and even in rocks recovered from under the North Sea.

  7. Plateosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater).

  8. Plateosaurus was about 20 to 33 feet (6 to 10 meters) long.

  9. Plateosaurus weighed about 0.7 tons.

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