Plateosaurus (Plate-e-o-Saw-rus) was a genus of prosauropod dinosaur that lived during the Late Triassic Period. The type species of this genus is P. engelhardti. Specimens have been found in the south of Germany, as well as in France and Switzerland.
Unlike its later relatives, Plateosaurus probably spent some time on its hind legs. These back legs were quite a bit stronger and larger than its front legs, which would have enabled it to rear up to get food or to defend itself. It had a large, sharp claw on each hand that would have made a formidable weapon. Plateosaurus also shows the characteristics that became so pronounced in later sauropods - a long neck, long tail for balancing, and great size. Its teeth were all the same size and shape - small and pointy. Bone ridges around its mouth indicate that it likely had cheek pouches that would have enabled it to keep gathering food into its mouth while it chewed.
Like Coelophysis, a great many Plateosaurus skeletons were discovered in one location, possibly the result of some local catastrophic event such as a flash flood. This has given scientists a good picture of the individual variations of this dinosaur.
Plateosaurus is one of the herbivores that can be created from paleo-DNA in the game Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.
Plateosaurus also appears in the game gear version of The Lost World: Jurassic Park where it can be used as a platform once shot down.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Plateosaurus. (2006). Retrieved from http://web.archive.org/web/20031006003338/http://www.jpinstitute.com/dinopedia/dinocards/dc_plate.html#