Small wonder - meet Bristol's own dinosaur

December 13, 2013 10:03 AM

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A LIFE-size replica of a dinosaur that roamed Bristol 210 million years ago was being unveiled today.

The recreation of Bristol's very own dinosaur – the Thecodontosaurus – is the culmination of a three-and-a-half-year project which saw the prehistoric creature constructed in front of live audiences at M shed.

The two-metre long model – a large part of which is tail – is the work of local artist Robert Nicholas, University of Bristol dinosaur expert Pedro Viegas and palaeontologist Professor Mike Benton. It is now on permanent display to the public at the University of Bristol's Wills Memorial Building. Dinosaur expert Pedro Viegas said: "We have known about this dinosaur since it was discovered in 1834 but even five years ago we still thought it lived in a desert, was a meat-eater and walked on two legs. We've proved all that wrong during this project."

The dinosaur was first uncovered in a quarry on Durdham Down and was only the fourth dinosaur to be discovered in the world. More bones were found during the seventies in South Gloucestershire.

Source: bristolpost.co.uk

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