Lystrosaurus


Lystrosaurus
Pronunciation: LIST - row - sore - us
Diet: Plant Eater
Age: Early Triassic
Image By: Matt Celeskey
Date: Spring 2008

The most compelling evidence for the supercontinent Pangea is the discovery of the fossils of a small reptile named Lystrosaurus (LIST • row • sore • us). Fossils of Lystrosaurus have been found on four continents, Africa, Antarctica, Asia, and Europe. How did an animal that could not swim or fly end up in these places now separated by vast distances and oceans?

A land-living plant eater, Lystrosaurus must have been able to walk between these now distant locations. The location of the fossils are evidence that the Early Triassic continents were united in a single landmass (Pangea).