Oldest Jurassic Dinosaur Found Receives a Name Reply

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Jennifer Ly

A new species of dinosaur believed to be the oldest Jurassic dinosaur ever discovered in the United Kingdom is now named Dracoraptor hanigani or “dragon robber.”

According to a study from PLOS ONE, Dracoraptors are thought to be about 200 million years old and likely distant relatives to the Tyrannosaurus rex.

The Dracoraptor’s skeleton was unearthed on a beach in Wales by two brothers. A University of Portsmouth student found a fossilized foot a year later, according to a statement from the University of Portsmouth.

Researchers asked Rob and Nick Hanigan, the brothers who first excavated the fossil, to name the dinosaur.

According to USA Today, David M. Martill, a researcher on the study says, “We invited Rob and Nick to name this beautiful little dinosaur, and they suggested ‘Dracoraptor’ after draco meaning dragon, the national symbol of Wales, and raptor meaning thief or plunderer.”

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