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Ashdown Maniraptorian - Smallest dinosaur

The fossil of what is thought to be one of the world's smallest dinosaurs has been found in Great Britain, or, more precisely, at a brickworks in Sussex.

The bird-shaped fossil, between 33 cm and 40 cm long, has been discovered by local fossil collector Dave Brockhurst who works at the Ashdown Brickworks. Rocks at the site have also yielded other fossils, including the remains of salamanders, frogs, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, and other larger dinosaurs. Experts from the University of Portsmouth identified the creature and said it had come from the Cretaceous era.

Nicknamed the "Ashdown Maniraptorian", the tiny dinosaur was carnivorous or omnivorous, and was part of a group that included all two-legged dinosaurs called therepods.

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