Named By: Jerzy Dzik - 2003.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauromorpha, Dinosauriformes, Silesauridae.
Species: S. opolensis (type).
Size: About 2.3 meters long.
Known locations: Poland.
Time period: Carnian of the Triassic - Drawno Beds Formation.
Fossil representation: Multiple individuals.
As far as individuals go, Silesaurus is one of the most commonly found dinosauriforms in Europe and at the moment anywhere else for that matter. Silesaurus is not thought to be a true dinosaur, but it was a member of the group of archosaurs that were ancestral to them. Silesaurus was a fairly small herbivorous reptile that would have browsed upon low growing vegetation. Predators of Silesaurus may have included other primitive but meat eating dinosaurs, as well as large rauisuchians.
- A beaked herbivorous archosaur with dinosaur affinities from the early Late Triassic of Poland, Jerzy Dzik - 2003.