A large herbivorous prosauropod dinosaur of the genus Plateosaurus of the Triassic Period, having a long neck and tail and a small head with leaf-shaped teeth.
[New Latin, genus name : Greek platus, plate-, wide, broad, flat (from the broad, robust nature of the bones of the type specimen ); see plat- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Greek sauros, lizard.]
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