One Of World’s Oldest Jurassic Dinosaurs Lived In Wales

by : Tom Percival on : 21 Jan 2016 13:06

It turns out that dragons really did roam around Wales, just not the winged fire breathing type.

The Independent reports that scientists have discovered the remains of a monstrous beast near Penarth, who its believed wandered the welsh hills around 200 million years ago.


The creature has been named the ‘Dracoraptor hanigani’ and is believed to be one of the world’s oldest Jurassic dinosaurs.

dragon1Bob Nicholls/Guardian

Dracoraptor is Latin for ‘dragon robber’, a reference to the dragon on the Welsh flag. The rest of the name comes from Nick and Rob Hanigan, the amateur fossil-hunters who discovered the bones while they were looking for ichthyosaur remains.

The dragon’s thought to be related to the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex, but unfortunately the newly discovered Welsh dragon was a lot less terrifying, scientists say.


The bones they discovered weren’t fully formed, leading researchers to think that the specimen is probably a youngster.

hand-dinosaurNational Museum Wales

The dragon lived in a time before dinosaurs dominated the world, when it was instead ruled by prehistoric crocodiles and mammals.

The dragon wouldn’t do to well in modern day Wales though, as it’s believed that the country used to be a lot warmer when the beast lived there.

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More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Animals


The Independent
  1. The Independent

    Ancient 'dragon' found in Wales, named Dracoraptor hanigani