NATIONAL MUSEUM CASHES-IN ON PENARTH’S NEWLY-NAMED DINOSAUR

The world's oldest Jurassic dinosaur chose the Penarth area as his home

The newly-named “Dracoraptor hanigani”, the world’s oldest Jurassic dinosaur chose the Penarth area as his home

The National Museum of Wales has now gone into overdrive to exploit the discovery last June of a 6ft 7inch theropod  dinosaur  on the foreshore at Lavernock – just South of Penarth (see PDN http://tinyurl.com/jlhtdhy ).

The Penarth Dinosaur – a distant cousin of Tyrannosaurus Rex – lived 201,000,000 years ago at the very beginning of the Jurassic Period making it not only the oldest Jurassic dinosaur in the World but also one of Penarth’s earliest residents.

Penarth is missing: There is no mention of Penarth - the nearest town to the dinsaur's location - even though Frome Newport, Neath and Bath appear on the map

Not on the Map: There is no mention of Penarth – the nearest town to the dinosaur’s location – on the map published by the learned archaeology magazine PLoS One journal – although Frome, Newport, Neath, Bath and Chepstow are featured .  

However  it seems as though now Penarth itself  – the nearest town to the discovery –  has been somewhat airbrushed out of it all.There is no reference to Penarth in the map of the area (above) in the learned journal announcing the new name now officially bestowed on the newly-discovered fossil.

Dinosaur discoverers Nick and Rob Hannigan on the beach at Lavernock

Dinosaur discoverers Nick and Rob Hanigan on the beach at Lavernock

It’s been announced that a the two-metre dinosaur – technically the first theropod found in Wales  has been named “Dracoraptor hanigani”  – a latinised name based on the surname of its discoverers  Nick and Rob Hanigan. “Dracoraptor” is said to mean “dragon robber”.

The Hanigan brothers have announced that they have now found a further section of the fossil – a distant cousin of the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex  so there’s now more than 40% of the original skeleton  on  display in the main hall at the National Museum of Wales.

The National Museum is selling Dinosaur mugs ast £7.50 each

The National Museum is selling Dinosaur mugs at £7.50 each

The National Museum of Wales meanwhile is heavily promoting its latest acquisition . Not only can visitors view the remains of the Penarth dinosaur – but are also being offered :-

  • Washable Knitted Dinosaurs (£22.00)
  • Wales’s Newest Dinosaur Ceramic Mug (£7.50)
  • Wales’s Newest Dinosaur Note book (£2.00)
  • Wales’s Newest Dinosaur Water Bottle (£12.00)
  • Wales’s Newest Dinosaur Children’s T-Shirts (£12.00)
  • A special “Dinosaur-inspired evening” (£2 per person on May 11th)

 

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3 Responses to NATIONAL MUSEUM CASHES-IN ON PENARTH’S NEWLY-NAMED DINOSAUR

  1. AK says:

    It’s a very small dinosaur !

  2. Christopher David says:

    Its a very small town- ruddy cheek not mentioning Penarth.

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