Thanks to fossilised paw- and footprints, and especially through the conservation of entire tracks, it has been established that the Plateosaurus (“flat-headed” dinosaur) lived in herds. These animals frequented the marshlands, but also the high plains in the area of present-day Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.
In this warm climate zone luxuriant vegetation flourished, with palm ferns, groves of tall, reed-like horsetail, ginkgo trees and bushy ferns; this gave the Plateosaurus plenty of nourishment.
These dinosaurs were distributed worldwide, and their skeletal remains have been found on almost every continent. This shows that the continents were still united in one single landmass in the Late Triassic period.
The Plateosaurus is one of the best-studied of all dinosaurs. Mass graves have been found in Germany and Switzerland; these were presumably mud holes in which the animals became immobilised and died.
Length: 7 m
Weight: 1 t
Period: Late Triassic to Early Jurassic (225-180 mill. years)