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December 11 2012

Earliest known dino relative found


The dawn of the dinosaur era was thought to start around 230 million years ago, but a new discovery moves their origin 15 million years further back in time.

Palaeontologists have long sought the earliest dinosaurs. Now, skeletal fragments from a pair of specimens indicate that dinosaurs emerged in the wake of the largest mass extinction of all time the crash that occurred around the transition from the Permian to the Triassic period about 252 million years ago.

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