Placerias ("Broad Body") is a genus of dicynodont reptiles which lived during the late Triassic period in what is now North America.



Placerias lived during the Triassic period, some 225-212 MYA, living alongside the flying reptiles and the early dinosaurs.


The Placerias were up to 3 meters long and weighed 1-2 tones. Placerias are large and magnificent mammal-like reptilian beasts that are not at all related to dinosaurs. They are instead a much more ancient species of reptile called synapsids, distant relatives of the modern mammals and their ancestors. Before the Tirassic, there were once various different species of these powerful creatures existing across the world. But, eventually, Placerias became one of the last representatives of their kind that remained in the Late Triassic. They then became an endangered species.


Placerias traveled in huge migrating herds. Despite their fearsome appearance, Placerias were actually gentle herbivores. Their tusks were used for digging up roots. For angry males, these tusks could be lethal weapons. In the heat and dry season, Placerias spread out over scrubland to feed. When in danger, Placerias moved desperately slow.