The National Museum of Wales has now created a life-size reconstruction of Penarth’s ancient dinosaur – now called “Dracoraptor Hanigani ” – the fossilised bones of which were found two years ago on the foreshore at Lavernock.
The original dinosaur is thought to have been covered with feathery fur and was about the size of a large dog. The life-size reconstruction goes on show for the first time today at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
The meat-eating Penarth dinosaur was originally discovered in 2014 by brothers Nick and Rob Hanigan as they were exploring the beach at Lavernock Point – just a mile an a half from Penarth lifeboat station.
After carefully measuring the skeleton of the original animal the National Museum commissioned Bob Nicholls – a specialist “paleo-artist” – to create a realistic full-scale life-size replica which can be viewed by the public for the first time today.