The fossilized skeleton of a newly discovered subspecies of therapod dinosaur has been discovered.
The infant coelurosaur belongs to the same group of dinosaurs as Tyrannosaurus Rex and when fully grown could have reached upwards of 25ft in length. Scientists believe it would have walked the Earth 161 million years ago and preyed on lizards, small mammals and early crocodilians.
Biologist James Clark and his team made the discovery at the Shishugou Formation in a remote part of Xinjiang. "All that was exposed on the surface was a bit of the leg," he said. "We were pleasantly surprised to find a skull buried in the rock too." It is believed that the baby coelurosaur was around 12 months old when it died.
"Scientists have discovered the fossilized skeleton of a baby dinosaur representing a new species of coelurosaur, a group of theropods that includes ancient beasts like T."
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