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.
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.
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 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)