Named By: Galton, Kermack, Yates - 2007.
Synonyms: Thecodontosaurus caducus.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha.
Species: P. caducus (type).
Known locations: United Kingdom, Wales, Pantyffynnon quarry.
Time period: Rhaetian of the Triassic, possibly into the early Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial skeleton including parts of the neck, shoulder girdle and upper arm (humeri). Material is probably from a juvenile specimen.
was formerly known as Thecodontosaurus
re-examination of the many Thecodontosaurus species
has resulted in
many being regarded as synonyms or actually recognised as new animals,
as is the case for Pantydraco.
Named after the Pantyffynnon quarry where it was discovered, Pantydraco is thought to represent a basal sauropodomorph. For this reason it is considered to have most probably been omnivorous as it would represent the change from meat eating ancestors, to plant eating descendants. Pantydraco was also most likely to have still been primarily bipedal.
- 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. - Peter M. Galton, Adam M. Yates & D. Kermack - 2007.