Pendraig milnerae…a chicken-sized dinosaur with a one-meter-long tail

Scientists have discovered a dinosaur related from afar to the “T-Rex” family, but the size of chickenIt is believed that it was spread about 200 million years ago.

This small, fearsome creature, whose fossilized remains were found in a South Wales quarry, is the oldest theropod found in the United Kingdom, a group that includesT-RexModern birds are carnivores.

The dinosaur was named Pendraig milnerae. pendraig means “master dragon”, while milnerae is attributed to the late Angela Milner, a British paleontologist who in 1986 described a new type of baryonyx.

Fragmented fossils of Pendraig milnerae were discovered in a South Wales quarry in the 1950s, but in recent years they have been hidden in a drawer with some specimens. crocodiles Until Milner found it.

It is believed that dinosaur It lived between 200 and 215 million years ago during the late Triassic period. Its body size may have been similar to that of a modern-day chicken, but with a tail nearly a meter long.

Stefan Spekmann, a researcher at the Natural History Museum, said: ‘It is clear from the bones that we have that they were carnivores, but early in the evolution of this group these animals were very small, unlike the very famous meat-eating dinosaurs such as the T-Rex, which developed later”, in the study published in the journal “Royal Society Open Science” on Wednesday.

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