New contender for oldest dinosaur

5th December, 2012

Partial remains of a new species of dinosaur have been discovered thought to be 10 to 15 million years older than the previous oldest dinosaur remains.

One upper arm bone and six vertebrae were found of the species Nyasasaurus parringtoni which fills a gap between the previously known oldest dinosaurs and their other closest relatives.

It’s difficult to definitively separate dinosaurs from other reptiles that may have developed  similar  characteristics but this specimen has some features found only in dinosaurs such as an elongated deltopectoral crest.

New contender for oldest dinosaur