Today local residents can come face-to-face with one of the original inhabitants of Penarth - Dracoraptor.

Today Penarth residents can come face-to-face with one of the town’s original inhabitants  – Dracoraptor.

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.

Dinosaur discoverers Nick and Rob Hannigan on the beach at Lavernock

Dinosaur discoverers Nick and Rob Hanigan on the beach at Lavernock

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.

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  1. Lindsay says:

    Penarth’s ancient dinosaur? I thought that was our prolific correspondent Christopher David!

    • Mark Foster says:

      Non! Il est Monsieur Cabane de Plage.

      • Ivor Bagman says:

        Is that french for cottage pie ?

      • Mark Foster says:

        No, its Mr Beach Hut. He spends time in France, doesn’t even speak the language, and I was told by somebody that he organised the Beach Hut business with Lis Burnett, formerly Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Glamorgan.

  2. Peter Church says:

    Its Philip Rapier in his younger days!!

  3. Mgg says:

    Ok i will start . This could go on display at Turner gallery .

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