Scientists have identified the United Kingdom’s oldest-known meat-eating dinosaur.
Fossils found in a quarry in south Wales have been found to belong to an animal the size of a chicken, which lived more than 200 million years ago.
A segment of spine and pelvis and part of a thigh bone was found in the quarry, which Natural History Museum Fellow Dr Stephan Spiekman says is in great condition.
“The preservation of this material is actually so great that, you know, we can basically see everything,” he said.
“We also have a left femur that belongs to the same individual, and we can actually see how this femur would have fitted together with the pelvis.”
Scientists are saying the Pendraig milnerae – or Great Dragon – may have been related to the T. rex, but it looked very different.
Dr Spiekman said the dinosaur would have been bipedal with sharp teeth and had an active lifestyle.
“This animal would have lived 200 million years ago, so that means the T. rex was closer to us in time, considerably, than it would have been to Pendraig,” he said.
The fossils were found in a limestone quarry in Carmarthenshire more than 70 years ago.
The bones were misplaced and were only found when a discussion of the Triassic period rediscovered them among crocodile bones.