05292017

Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have ‘UK origin’

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Millard H. Sharp

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The shake-up means savage, meat-eating dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex get reclassified

The first dinosaurs may have originated in the Northern Hemisphere, possibly in an area that is now Britain.

This is one of the conclusions of the first detailed re-evaluation of the relationships between dinosaurs for 130 years.

It shows that the current theory of how dinosaurs evolved and where they came from may well be wrong.

This major shake-up of dinosaur theory is published in this weeks’s edition of the journal Nature.

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