Scientists have identified the oldest known meat-eating dinosaur in Britain.
The fossils found in quarries in South Wales are an animal the size of a chicken that lived more than 200 million years ago.
A section of the spine and pelvis and a section of the femur were found in the quarry, which Dr. Stephan Spiekman, a member of the Natural History Museum, claims to be in excellent condition.
“The behavior 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 person, and we can actually see how that femur would fit into the pelvis.”
Scientists say the Pendraig milnerae – the Great Dragon – may have been related to T. rex, but it looked very different.
Dr. Spiekman said the dinosaur would be bipedal with sharp teeth and lead an active lifestyle.
“This animal would have lived 200 million years ago, which means T. rex was much closer to us in time than it would have been to Pendraig, ”he said.
The fossils were found in a limestone quarry in Carmarthenshire over 70 years ago.
The bones were misplaced and were found only after discussion of the Triassic period rediscovered them among crocodile bones.