Canopus III (or Alpha Carinae III) was the homeworld of a species of dinosaur. It was the third planet located in the Canopus planetary system.
The planet was known for its
desert-like terrain. This planet was located light years from Lactra VII. This was one of three planets in the Canopus system that supported life; the others were Canopus II and Alpha Carinae V. ( : " TOS ", " Wolf in the Fold ")
The Ultimate Computer
stardate 5501, James T. Kirk visited Canopus III. During his visit, he saw the dinosaurs.
In 2269, the crew of the
USS encountered a dinosaur in a desert environment on Lactra VII, that was very much like the dinosaurs native to Canopus III. Despite initially hypothesizing that similar environments prompt similar evolution in species, it was later determined that the beast was, in fact, transplanted to the planet by the Enterprise Lactrans, who terraformed the desert terrain for the beast as part of their zoo exhibit. ( : " TAS ")
The Eye of the Beholder
The location of Canopus III in the
Milky Way Galaxy was depicted on a Federation star chart in 2293. ( , Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country production art)
Canopus III dinosaur
The location of Alpha Carinae & Canopus III in "The Explored Galaxy" wall chart
"The Explored Galaxy" was a map of charted space in the Alpha Quadrant. Canopus III was located between the Tholian Assembly and Romulus. Both locations were identified in : " DS9 ", " The Search, Part II " as being located in the Alpha Quadrant. This chart, first seen chronologically in Call to Arms Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , was also seen in several Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes set in the 24th century, from the year 2364 to 2370. These were : " TNG ", " Conspiracy ", " The Measure Of A Man ", " The Emissary ", " The Mind's Eye ", and The Game : " DS9 ", " In the Hands of the Prophets ". Cardassians