Pantydraco (Panty dragon)
Pantydraco (Panty dragon)
Named By : Galton, Kermack, Yates - 2007
Diet : Omnivore
Size : Estimated 3 meters long
Type of Dinosaur : Euornithopod
Type Species : P. caducus (type)
Found in : United Kingdom, Wales, Pantyffynnon quarry
When it Lived : Late Triassic, 209–201 million years ago
Pantydraco, where “panty-“, is short for Pant-y-ffynnon and refers to Bonvilston, South Wales, where it was discovered) was a genus basal sauropodomorph dinosaur that lived in the Late Triassic. The skeleton is based upon a partial juvenile skull that was once believed to be Thecodontosaurus. P. caducus is the only valid Pantydraco species.
Pantydraco had a moderate build. The creature had a long tail, which tapered towards its end. It was also broad at the hip joint. The dinosaur had a sharp jaw and a pointed head. The dinosaur’s forelimbs were designed to grasp, while its hindlimbs were made for support the creature’s weight. Bipedal creatures were characterized by a center of mass near the pelvic bone. The forelimbs were shorter that the hindlimbs. Three movable fingers were present on the hands, while the fourth was fixed. It was well-developed with claws. The estimated height of the juvenile fossils is between 0.7 and 1 metre (2 ft4 in to 3 ft3 in). The average adult length was approximately three metres (9 ft 10 inches). An average adult from this species of dinosaurs weighs in at 50 kg (110 lb). The creature was quite gracile. The teeth were very well-developed.
Adam Yates named Thecodontosaurus Caducus, a new species, for BMNH P 24 in 2003. It included a skull, a partial Jawbone and vertebrae, as well as the vertebrae of cervix and the right pelvic bone. The partial forelimbs were also from an immature sauropodomorph that Kermack and Robinson had discovered in 1952. The material was used to represent Thecodontosaurus genus since 1983. Peter Galton Yates and D. Kermack have given T. caducus their own genus due to a new understanding of the relationships of basal sauropodomorphs, also known as prosauropods. Pant-y-ffynnon was the quarry that was where it was found.
Pantydraco is named after the Pant-y-ffynnon Quarry’s “pant”, which means valley of the spring. “draco,” a mythical or mythical dragon-like creature, is Pantydraco’s name. The quarry is situated near Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan in Southern Wales at the base of a mountain that divides two rivers. The genus name is somewhat incorrect because ‘y’ in Welsh means “(of) the”. Caducus in Latin is the species epithet. It refers to the assumption that it died after falling into a fissure fill (quarry).