Dinosaurs: Rooster-sized fossil is UK’s earliest recognized theropod

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An artist’s impression of Pendraig milnerae, the UK’s earliest known theropod dinosaur

James Robbins

Fossils of a small meat-eating dinosaur discovered in a quarry near Cardiff offer the earliest evidence ever found in the UK of theropods, a hugely diverse groups of dinosaurs that includes T. rex, Velociraptor and all birds.

This animal, which has been named Pendraig milnerae, lived between 200 and 215 million years ago, during the Late Triassic Epoch. It was unearthed in a quarry called Pant-y-ffynnon located north-west of Cardiff in the 1950s, but the fossil was …

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