Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

Washington, July 7

Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone.

The creature, which predated dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs, was simply shy of four inches (10 centimeters) tall, in keeping with a research printed Monday within the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Some of these things would have been quite cute animals,” mentioned research lead writer Christian Kammerer, a paleontology researcher on the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Looking like a small dinosaur that would slot in your hand, Kammerer mused that it “would probably make a great pet.”              Of course, no people have been round when Kongonaphon was roaming the wild, leaping round with its robust hind legs and feeding on bugs with its peg-like enamel, Kammerer mentioned.

The title means tiny bug slayer.

The fossils, dug up in Madagascar, date from 237 million years in the past. Scientists determine the little man was an grownup due to development rings in its bones, Kammerer mentioned. —AP


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