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Wednesday 7 December 2016

New dinosaur found on Welsh beach

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A new dinosaur species has been found in Wales dating back 200 million years to the earliest Jurassic period.

The fossilised skeleton of the dog-sized creature, a theropod dinosaur, is described as a cousin of the giant tyrannosaurus rex and is believed to be the earliest specimen of a Jurassic era dinosaur ever to walk the Earth.

Described as the "find of a lifetime" it was discovered on Lavernock beach in the Vale of Glamorgan by two fossil-hunting brothers, Nick and Rob Hanigan, after storms.

A cliff fall on the beach revealed several loose blocks containing part of the skeleton. It will be donated to the National Museum Wales.

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