The world’s smallest-ever dinosaur discovered

An archaic North American pet-sized dinosaur that roamed the earth 86 million years ago became the best-known species for another reason on Sunday. A team of experts at the Royal Ontario Museum has discovered…

The world’s smallest-ever dinosaur discovered

An archaic North American pet-sized dinosaur that roamed the earth 86 million years ago became the best-known species for another reason on Sunday.

A team of experts at the Royal Ontario Museum has discovered fossils of a type of dino referred to as a ceratopsid that is the smallest ever discovered. It’s species has not yet been named, but its fossils offer up a glimpse into how some of the most important dinosaurs in the known universe weighed in.

The researchers believe that the ceratopsid, which lived in the Cretaceous period, belonged to the same class as Dreadnoughtus, another smaller, feathered dinosaur discovered in 1985, according to the newspaper Kent County Times. The duo are believed to have been about the same size, measuring 6 to 9 feet tall and as much as 14 feet long.

“People used to say, ‘That’s very petite, that’s so little,’ and I always disagreed,” one of the researchers, Randy Bartley, told the Kent County Times. “But to see it measured up next to a larger species and what their growth was, I would agree with them.”

The Ceratopsian’s fossils also showed the hunter weighing about 15 to 20 pounds, with spikes that were about 1 to 3 inches long. The researchers theorize that a large leg muscle would have been needed to haul it along in its hunt.

“I do think this dinosaur was a gentle giant,” Bartley added. “I would not have given this dinosaur an aggressive attitude.”

Read the full story at The Sun

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