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Wales’ very own Dinosaur!!!

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Wales’ very own Dinosaur!!! Dracoraptor hanigani: New Species of Dinosaur Discovered in Wales


A partial skeleton of the new dinosaur, including a skull and teeth, was discovered on a beach near Cardiff. It was analyzed by a team of UK scientists led by Dr. David Martill from the University of Portsmouth, and was identified as a new species and genus of the theropod dinosaur.


“Approximately 40% of a skeleton including cranial and postcranial remains representing a new genus and species of basal neotheropod dinosaur is described,” Dr. Martill and his colleagues from the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, the University of Manchester, and the University of Portsmouth, wrote in a paper in the journal PLoS ONE.


“It was collected from fallen blocks from a sea cliff that exposes Late Triassic and Early Jurassic marine and quasi marine strata on the south Wales coast near the city of Cardiff.”


Dr. Martill and co-authors proposed the name Dracoraptor hanigani for this new dinosaur.

“The genus name Dracoraptor is from Draco alluding to the dragon of Wales with raptor, meaning robber, a commonly employed suffix for theropod dinosaurs,” they explained.

“The species name honors Nick and Rob Hanigan who discovered the skeleton.”



According to the paleontologists, Dracoraptor hanigani was a small, agile carnivore, about 2.3 feet (70 cm) tall and 6.5 feet (2 m) long, with a long tail.

It was a distant cousin of T. rex and lived at the beginning of the Jurassic period, approximately 200 million years ago, possibly making it the oldest Jurassic dinosaur in the UK or even in the world.

The specimen also represents the most complete theropod dinosaur from Wales and the first dinosaur skeleton from the Jurassic of Wales.

It is thought that the fossil was from a juvenile animal as most of its bones are not yet fully formed.

“The Triassic-Jurassic extinction event is often credited for the later success of dinosaurs through the Jurassic and Cretaceous, but previously we knew very little about dinosaurs at the start of this diversification and rise to dominance,” said co-author Dr. Steven Vidovic, of the University of Portsmouth.

“Now we have Dracoraptor, a relatively complete 6-foot-long juvenile theropod from the very earliest days of the Jurassic in Wales.”

Martill D.M. et al. 2016. The Oldest Jurassic Dinosaur: A Basal Neotheropod from the Hettangian of Great Britain. PLoS ONE 11 (1): e0145713; doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145713

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The dinosaurs are hatching…fast!

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We’ve had loads of Easter eggs over the holidays but we’ve noticed some of them are hatching

! And not what you’d expect…

At Alba Shed, we’ve got a load of dinosaur eggs in stock that are all ready to go to a good home. Okay, they aren’t real dinosaur eggs but they sure look like real eggs….hatching![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7116″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7111″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]There’s also a detailed model of a dinosaur hatching from the shell to give the model a real sense of authenticity.

These collection of dinosaur eggs can be used as an eye-catching individual piece or a breath-taking collection. These life-sized replicas are perfect for themed restaurants, shops or exhibitions.

With it’s incredible detail, the dinosaur egg is as close as you’ll get to the real thing and is great for educational purposes or just as an attention grabber.

Visit our online shop for more details on all the variety of dinosaur models we have to offer and all the other amazing life-size models available.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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New Welsh Dino!


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Paleontologists have uncovered an entirely new species of Dinosaur that lived in Wales around 200 million years ago.

“The dinosaur is approximately 200 million years old, the oldest Jurassic dinosaur ever found in the UK. It belongs to the theropod group of dinosaurs and is related to Tyrannosaurus rex, although our dinosaur was walking the earth about 130 million years earlier than its more well known cousin.

The new Welsh dinosaur is a completely new species, previously unknown to scientists, making this discovery even more exciting.”

National Museum of Wales

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As its name suggests the T-Rex was the undisputed king of the dinosaurs, an incredible carnivore and fearsome beast.

At Alba Shed we can confirm that T-Rex was indeed an impressive sight thanks to the life-sized model T-Rex heads that we have. These head make brilliant features in theme parks, restaurants and anywhere that wants to stand out from the crowd. And it’s not just the T-Rex, we also have his arch rival the proud, three horned Triceratops.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]