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Pantydraco caducus

Named by Peter Galton and colleagues, 2007
Diet: Herbivore, although may have been Omnivorous
Length: 6 feet (1.8 meters)
Weight: 110 lb
Region: South Wales UK
Age: 208-201.3 million BC (Rhaetian stage of the Late Triassic)
Note: The partial remains of this dinosaur was from a juvenile, so the adult size is unknown.

This distant ancestor of the giant, long-necked sauropod dinosaurs such as Diplodocus, Brachiosaurus, and Argentinosaurus that would came later was discovered in 1952 in an underground limestone cave fissure in the Pant-y-ffynnon (Welsh for hollow of the spring) quarry in the Bonvilston province in Wales, UK. In 2003, it was originally assigned by Adam Yates as Thecodontosaurus caducus, but further analysis in 2007 show that it was very different from Thecodontosaurus antiquus and had characteristics of a basal sauropodomorph, allowing Peter Galton and colleagues to assign the new dinosaur genus and species, Pantydraco caducus after the region where it was first found, while 'draco' translates as dragon and caducus means 'fallen.'

Living on one of the archipelago islands close to the equator in what is now Wales in the United Kingdom at the end of the Triassic period where it was lush and full of plant and animal life back then, Pantydraco is one of the very few species of dinosaurs to be found in the country of Wales, though the UK has rich diversities of their fossilized remains.

It is a basal sauropodomorph that may have been mostly bipedal and fed not only on plants, but also on insect and small animals.

Sadly, as it is known from a skull and partial remains that belongs to a juvenile, not much more is known about Pantydraco. :(

Note: I actually did this in honor of St. David's Day, a Welsh holiday, for the fact that my family comes from Wales, which is where this dinosaur was found!:D (Big Grin)  Even my actual name is derived in Welsh.
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TPH-Original's avatar
The bug on its nose is adorable!
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Yeah it is! :)
Is that fur?
Is that a beetle on her nose?
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It's actually feathers, or proto feathers. We don't have evidence of it, but the reason is because thanks to the discovery of the feathered basal ornithischian Kulindadromeus, it's believed that proto feathers occur in basal members of dinosaurs and the fact that Pantydraco is a basal sauropodomorph. Yes it's a beetle on its nose! Cute huh?! :)
Makes sense. Any specific variety of beetle, or just Generic Huge Beetle?
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just a generic beetle! :)
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I wonder if he likes panties! Panties XD
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