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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:09 AM

Earliest known dinosaur discovered

(Reuters) - Researchers have found what could be the earliest known dinosaur to walk the Earth lurking in the corridors of London's Natural History Museum.

A mysterious fossil specimen that has been in the museum's collection for decades has now been identified as most likely coming from a dinosaur that lived about 245 million years ago - 10 to 15 million years earlier than any previously discovered examples.

The creature was about the size of a Labrador dog and has been named Nyasasaurus parringtoni after southern Africa's Lake Nyasa, today called Lake Malawi, and Cambridge University's Rex Parrington, who collected the specimen at a site near the lake in the 1930s.

"It was a case of looking at the material with a fresh pair of eyes," Paul Barrett from the Natural History Museum, who worked on the study, told Reuters. "This closes a gap in the fossil record and pushes back the existence of dinosaurs."

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-science-dinosaur-idUKBRE8B400B20121205

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dipsydoodle Dec 2012 OP
Motown_Johnny Dec 2012 #1
skydive forever Dec 2012 #2
Victor_c3 Dec 2012 #3
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #4
eppur_se_muova Dec 2012 #5
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #6

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:44 AM

1. Nyasasaurus Rex wasn't an option?

Seems silly to me.

Still, very cool story. Thanks for posting.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:57 AM

2. Earliest known dinosaur discovered

I was expecting one that was 5999 years old. How could there be anything older?

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Response to skydive forever (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 09:01 AM

3. you beat me to it

You can tell that this is junk science. Everyone with a brain knows that the earth was created 6000 years ago

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 02:15 PM

4. I honestly thought you going to post a pic of Mitch McConnell

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:17 PM

5. No wonder they took so long to identify it ...

the fossil contained no traces of saddle or bridle.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:13 PM

6. Wow, that's only 7 million years after the Permian Extinction.

All the earliest dinos seem to be from what was West Gondwana, basically South America and Africa. This seems to indicate that dinosaurs first evolved there.

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