Zoobooks magazine for kids!
Tell your teachers about EnchantedLearning.com!

More information on Thecodontosaurus AllAboutDinosaurs.com
Dinosaur Printouts
Animal Printouts

Click on a region in the picture to color it in with the selected color.
Click on a color swatch in the palette to select a new color.
The currently selected color in the palette is indicated by a black rectangle drawn around it.
When you click, the point that you're clicking on is at the tip of the arrow or the tip of the pointing finger.

Thecodontosaurus (pronounced THEE-co-DON-toh-SAWR-us) was a very early dinosaur that lived during the late Triassic period, a time when the Earth was relatively warm and much of the land was dry and desert-like. This was around the time that the dinosaurs were just starting to appear.

Diet: Thecodontosaurus was an herbivore (a plant eater or a primary consumer). It probably ate cycads, palms, and other low-lying plants. It had blunt teeth with serrated edges; they resembled the teeth of a monitor lizard, but were embedded in distinct sockets in the opposing jaw (Thecodontosaurus was named for its unusual teeth).

Anatomy: Thecodontosaurus was about 7 feet (2.1 m) long. It had a small head, large thumb claws, long legs, a relatively short neck, shorter arms than legs, and a long tail. It could probably walk on two or four legs, perhaps grazing and walking on all fours, but running on two legs. Thecodontosaurus had four toes on each foot and five fingers on each hand (including a thumb with a large, curved claw).

Fossils and Name: Fossils of Thecodontosaurus have been found in England (near Bristol) and Wales, which were probably dry and desert-like when Thecodontosaurus lived. Thecodontosaurus (meaning "socket-toothed lizard") was named by Morris in 1843, but was first described by H. Riley and S. Stutchbury in 1836. The type species is T. antiquus (Morris, 1843).

Copyright ©2000 EnchantedLearning.com

Click Here -- ZoomStore.com!
Please visit our store.

What's NewSite mapAnimal
Zoom AstronomyZoom BirdsZoom ButterflyZoom DinosaursZoom RainforestsZoom SharksZoom WhalesEnchanted Learning Home
CraftsK-3 ThemesLittle Explorers
Picture dictionary
Rebus RhymesGeographyOceansBiomesZoom SchoolZoom InventorsZoom ExplorersBusy Little Brains

E-mail Zoom Store
Great birthday presents for kids who love animals

Subscribe to our mailing list - find out what's new at EnchantedLearning.com. We'll e-mail you our free newsletter each month! As stated in our privacy policy, we fully respect your privacy and will not use your e-mail address for any purpose other than the newsletter subscription.

Enchanted Learning Search

First search engine with spelling correction and pictures!
Search EnchantedLearning.com for all the words:
Enter one or more words, or a short phrase.
You can use an asterisk * as a wild-card.

Click for ZoomStore.com