Since I seem to be writing about saurischian feet a lot at the moment, I might as well continue and bring you this Plateosaurus pes. Obviously we’ve moved some way from derived theropods and down into the ‘prosauropods’. Still, there are some interesting things here which throw up echoes of the ancestry of this group. While Plateosaurus was one of the most derived and biggest prosauropods, it’s feet are, in a few ways, quite what you would expect from something that diverged not *so* long ago from a small, cursorial predator.
First off the claws are rather big and quite sharp. While obviously even quite derived sauropods can have big claws on the feet, including especially large and pointed ones on the first toe, these are rather more narrow and curved. The fifth toe is also rather reduced with a short metatarsal and just a nub of one phalanx so there’s not much going on here. It’s hard to imagine this foot carrying a huge amount of weight as the metatarsals are relatively compact, and their disjunct lengths and positions would not do too well under major loads.