U Plateosaurus

Perhaps Europe's best known Late Triassic dinosaur, Plateosaurus comes from sites in Germany, France, and Switzerland. An ancestor of the giant plant-eaters of the Jurassic, it walked on all fours, and may have reared up on its hind legs to reach high-growing leaves. It could just as easily have grazed on ground plants.

EUROPE'S FIRST DINOSAURS

Tail, which was held off the ground when it walked, was used as a support when Thecodontosaurus stretched up

Each foot had four toes with sharp, pointed claws.

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