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Welsh dinosaur 'comes back to life'

Dracoraptor lived 201 million years ago. Credit: National Museum of Wales

A life-size reconstruction of the Welsh dinosaur goes on display today at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.

The bones of Dracoraptor hanigani (meaning dragon robber) were discovered in 2014 at Lavernock beach near Penarth in South Wales by brothers Nick and Rob Hanigan. The creature was a small meat eating animal the size of a large dog and a distant cousin ofT.rex.

Bob Nicholls a Bristol–based palaeo-artist was commissioned to make the life-sized model. Scientists believe the body might have been covered in a feathery down, and possibly with quills along its back and these were applied to the surface of the model.