Plateosaurus was pretty abundant all over Europe in
the Late Triassic period, and lived through to the early Jurassic. Prosauropods are widely thought to be ancestors of the
later sauropods, like Brontosaurus and Diplodocus.
Plateosaurus is known as the "Flat Lizard" due to his flat, leaf-shaped teeth, used for
tearing leaves off trees and plants.
Marx's Plateosaurus is walking along on his back legs, like one of the Plateos in the Zallinger
painting--and this seems to be the most popular pose for this guy in the way of figures. Carnegie Safari's Plateo is 'bipedal'
as well, and so is MPC's (which is pretty much a pirate of Marx's except for slightly different arm positions). This is probably
to diferentiate him from sauropod figures. Plateosaurus probably tooled around on all fours mostly, like the duckbills, rearing
up once in awhile to munch on leaves in the trees.
Below: The Marx Plateosaurus with the newer Carnegie version alongside. Click to
Meaning: "Flat Lizard"
Time Period: Late Triassic
Location: Europe (Esp.
Germany, France, & Switzerland)