Fact File: Plateosaurus
Meaning: Flat lizard
How to say it: PLAT-ee-oh-SAW-rus
Where found: Europe
Length: 7 metres
Height: 3-4 metres
Weight: 4 tonnes
How it walked: Walked on all four legs, but reared up to reach food
Teeth: small leaf shaped teeth
Type of feeder: Herbivore (plant eater)
Food: Tree foliage, cycads and conifers
Period: Late Triassic
When it lived: 216-210 million years ago
Type of hip: lizard-hipped
Other info: Until their appearance all herbivores had been squat, short necked animals incapable of reaching high foliage.
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