Plateosaurus (probably meaning "broad lizard"), a genus of plateosaurid
dinosaur, lived around 214 to 204 million years ago during the Late
Triassic period in what is now Central and Northern Europe. It was an
early sauropodomorph dinosaur, a so-called "prosauropod". It is now
among the dinosaurs best known to science: over 100 skeletons have been
found, some of them nearly complete. The abundance of its fossils in
Swabia, Germany, has led to the nickname Schwäbischer Lindwurm (Swabian
lindworm). Plateosaurus was a bipedal herbivore with a small skull on a
long, mobile neck, sharp but plump plant-crushing teeth, powerful hind
limbs, short but muscular arms and grasping hands with large claws on
three fingers, possibly used for defence and feeding. Plateosaurus
showed strong developmental plasticity: instead of having a fairly
uniform adult size, fully grown individuals were between 4.8 and 10
metres (16 and 33 ft) long and weighed between 600 and 4,000 kilograms
(1,300 and 8,800 lb). The animals lived for at least 12 to 20 years,
but the maximum life span is not known.
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