Artist's impression of newly discovered dinosaur Tongtianlong
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The dinosaur almost blown to oblivion

A newly discovered species of dinosaur has been identified from an extraordinarily complete fossil almost destroyed by dynamite.

Preserved raising its beaked head, with feathered wings outstretched, in the mud it was mired in when it died 72 million years ago, it was one of the last surviving dinosaurs in Asia.

It has been named Tongtianlong limosus, "muddy dragon on the road to heaven".

The discovery is published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.

Photographs courtesy of Dr Stephen Brusatte and artist's impression by Zhao Chuang

Video by Victoria Gill

  • 10 Nov 2016
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