Dawn of the Dinosaurs

2000. Acrylic on acetate. 20"x30".


The very earliest dinosaurs appeared in the middle of the Triassic period about 235 million years ago. They were relatively small at first, until the arrival of Plateosaurus. Almost thirty feet long and weighing up to four tons, Plateosaurus was the biggest land-animal that had ever lived. This giant reptile appeared about 216 million years ago during the "Dawn of the Dinosaurs".

Vital Statistics

  • Genus Name: Plateosaurus ("flat lizard")
  • Type Species: * P. engelhardti (von Meyer, 1837)
  • Length: about 28 feet (9 meters)
  • Weight: 1-3 tons
  • Time: 216-210 million years ago (Late Triassic)
  • Place: Germany, Switzerland, France
  • Diet: plant-eater (herbivore)

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