Researchers in South America discover a new species of small but tough dinosaur

Researchers in South America discover a new species of small but tough dinosaur

Fossils of a small, spiny dinosaur recently discovered in South America may represent an entire lineage of armored dinosaurs previously unknown to science.

The newly discovered species, Jakapil kaniukurait looks like a primitive relative of armored dinosaurs like Ankylosaurus or stegosaurusbut it came from the Cretaceous, the last age of the dinosaurs, and lived between 97 and 94 million years ago.

This means that an entire lineage of armored dinosaurs once lived in the Southern Hemisphere, but until now had gone completely extinct, paleontologists reported in a new study.


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