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Scientists hail dinosaur discovery

Scientists from the University of Zurich and the Natural History Museum have discovered a previously unknown species of dinosaur.

Laquintasaura venezuelae, named after the country in which it was discovered, lived more than 200 million years ago.

Dr Paul Barrett, lead author and palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that it is "the first new dinosaur species found in the north of South America".

He added that Laquintasaura lived very soon after the major extinction at the end of the Triassic Period, showing that dinosaurs bounced back quickly after this event.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday, 6 August.

  • 06 Aug 2014