200 Million-Year-Old Welsh Dinosaur Named ‘Dragon Thief’

The fossil of a 201-million-year-old dinosaur discovered in Wales, UK, has been formally named Dracoraptor hanigani – “Dragon Thief”.

Dracoraptor loosely translates to “dragon thief” in recognition of its Welsh roots, whereas hanigani commemorates the Welsh brothers who discovered the remains in Penarth, South Wales, in 2014 – Rob and Nick Hanigan.

“We invited Rob and Nick to name this beautiful little dinosaur and they suggested Dracoraptor after ‘draco’ meaning ‘dragon’, the national symbol of Wales, and ‘raptor’ meaning ‘thief’ or ‘plunderer’,” Dr. Dave Martill from Portsmouth Universeity told the BBC.

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