17 June 2011

University of Portsmouth find worlds dinkiest dinosaur

University of Portsmouth palaeontologists have discovered a tiny dinosaur that could be the worlds smallest.

The bird-like dinosaur that lived in the Mesozoic era as early as 250 million years ago, and believed to be the size of a magpie, was found by fossil hunter Dave Brockhurst at Ashdown Brickworks in East Sussex. Dr Darren Naish and Dr Steve Sweetman who have analysed the fossil have concluded that the mini-dinosaur is a meat eating dinosaur which estimate measured just 33 and 40cm in length making it the smallest dinosaurs discovered from the Mesozoic era.

Read the article in full at the studentguardian.co.uk

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