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Temporal range: Late Triassic
Pantydraco BW.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Sauropodomorpha
Genus: Pantydraco
Binomial name
Pantydraco caducus
Galton, Yates, and Kermack, 2007

Pantydraco (where "panty-" is short for Pant-y-ffynnon, (signifying hollow of the spring/well in Welsh) referring to the quarry at Bonvilston in South Wales where it was found)[1] was a genus of basal sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Late Triassic of the United Kingdom. It is based on a partial juvenile skeleton once thought to belong to Thecodontosaurus.


In 2003, Adam Yates named the new species Thecodontosaurus caducus for a skull and partial skeleton (neck, partial shoulder girdle, and humeri) of a juvenile dinosaur, with additional material known for it. This material had been known in the scientific literature since 1984, and had been used to represent the genus Thecodontosaurus.[2] However, changed understanding of the relationships and characteristics of basal sauropodomorphs (also known as prosauropods) has led Peter Galton, Yates, and D. Kermack to give T. caducus its own genus.[3]


As a basal sauropodomorph, Pantydraco would have been an omnivore, probably mostly bipedal.[4]


  1. ^ "Pantydraco caducus – Palaeocritti – a guide to prehistoric animals". Palaeocritti. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  2. ^ Yates, Adam M. (2003). "A new species of the primitive dinosaur Thecodontosaurus (Saurischia: Sauropodomorpha) and its implications for the systematics of early dinosaurs". Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 1 (1): 1–42. doi:10.1017/S1477201903001007. 
  3. ^ Galton, Peter M.; Yates, Adam M; Kermack, D. (2007). "Pantydraco n. gen. for Thecodontosaurus caducus YATES, 2003, a basal sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Upper Triassic or Lower Jurassic of South Wales, UK.". Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie – Abhandlungen 243 (1): 119–125. doi:10.1127/0077-7749/2007/0243-0119. 
  4. ^ Galton, Peter M.; Upchurch, Paul (2004). "Prosauropoda". In Weishampel, David B.; Dodson, Peter; and Osmólska, Halszka (eds.). The Dinosauria (2nd ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 232–258. ISBN 0-520-24209-2. 

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