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Dragons really did roam Wales: ‘Dracoraptor’ dinosaur unveiled

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The oldest Jurassic dinosaur in the world has been named after the Welsh dragon after being found in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The 'dracoraptor' skeleton was found by fossil-hunting brothers Rob and Nick Hanigan following a cliff fall at a beach in in spring 2014.

A year later University of Portsmouth palaeontology student Steven Vidovic discovered his fossilised foot during a field trip to the very same spot.

Now the University of Portsmouth's David Martill and scientists at the University of Manchester and the National Museum Wales have concluded the new dinosaur was a very distant cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex and lived at the very beginning of the Jurassicperiod, over 200 million years ago.

Period20 Jan 2016

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TitleThis may be the world’s oldest Jurassic dinosaur fossil
Media name/outletNew Scientist
Media typeWeb
Date20/01/16
Producer/AuthorSandrine Ceurstemont
URLhttps://www.newscientist.com/article/2074126-this-may-be-the-worlds-oldest-jurassic-dinosaur-fossil/
PersonsDavid Martill, Steven Vidovic
TitleDragons really did roam Wales: ‘Dracoraptor’ dinosaur unveiled
Media name/outletThe Telegraph
Media typeWeb
Date20/01/16
Producer/AuthorSarah Knapton
URLwww.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/dinosaurs/12111363/Dragons-really-did-roam-Wales-Dracoraptor-dinosaur-unveiled.html
PersonsDavid Martill, Steven Vidovic

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