New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

 

Placerias


Placerias hesternus
Dicynodont
Pronunciation: plu-SAYR-ee-us hess-TERN-us
Size: 9.5 feet/2.9 meters long
Diet: Plant Eater
Age: Late Triassic (220 million years ago)
Specimen Number: NMMNH C-1858 (cast)
Location: Apache County, Arizona
Image By: Matt Celeskey
Date: Spring 2008

The synapsid reptile Placerias (plu • SAYR • ee • us) was one of the largest herbivores of the Late Triassic. Herds of Placerias browsed on the Triassic floodplains. Placerias became extinct during the Triassic.

Did you know that Dicynodont means "two dog teeth"?

See a reconstruction of Placerias here.