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Shenlong
February 10th, 2006, 08:46 AM
Thursday, February 09, 2006
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Before Tyrannosaurus rex, a crested dragon dinosaur roamed the marshy shores of a lakebed in what is now far western China 160 million years ago.

An international team of scientists reported the discovery of two fossil specimens of the new dinosaur online yesterday in the journal Nature.

Scientists called the dinosaurs Guanlong wucaii , or "crowned dragon of Wucaiwan." They are the oldest and most primitive members of the tyrannosaur family and are expected to also shed light on an even bigger group, the coelurosaurs, that gave rise to birds in an evolutionary branching.

http://www.dispatch.com/science/science.php?story=dispatch/2006/02/09/20060209-A8-01.html

http://pub.tv2.no/multimedia/na/archive/00230/Guanlong_Wucaii_230149c.jpg

Fascinating, who can ever thought the big bahemoth T-Rex actually evolved from dragon like dinosaur from over 160 million years ago.

Shiny Meganium
February 10th, 2006, 09:22 AM
That is interesting. Pity they didn't show a photo of the fossils. The description of that Guanlong wucaii sort of reminded me of the Spinosaurus only on a smaller scale and of course not with the giant sail on it's back but a smaller one on it's head.

Hitokiri
February 10th, 2006, 10:53 AM
Aww no pictures? ;_; It's just words then, nothing impressive unless there's a sweet fossil picture XD

Shenlong
February 10th, 2006, 11:24 AM
http://pub.tv2.no/multimedia/na/archive/00230/Guanlong_Wucaii_230149c.jpg

Does that solve your problem guys?

Hitokiri
February 10th, 2006, 11:25 AM
http://pub.tv2.no/multimedia/na/archive/00230/Guanlong_Wucaii_230149c.jpg

Does that solve your problem guys?

Haha, yeah that's a lot better XD

Ryoutarou
February 10th, 2006, 01:26 PM
Looks kida cool, big week for discoveries.

Dragonite Tamer
February 11th, 2006, 01:41 AM
Interesting discovery, though to me it doesn't look like a dragon. I'd like to see pictures of the actual fossils, if they've been released.

Esupio
February 11th, 2006, 01:52 AM
They found a new eqyptian tomb aswell O.o;

I can see why it is kinda like a dragon, under its arm, might have some type of relation to the flying squirrel.

Kogenta
February 11th, 2006, 08:12 AM
That appears to be a rather interesting creature. Interesting "wings" as well. The eye placement seems slightly odd, though.