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Scientists find first-of-its-kind small armoured dinosaur size of pet cat

Scientists find first-of-its-kind small armoured dinosaur size of pet cat
Jakapil kaniukura may have had a two-legged stance unlike most armoured dinosaurs of this kind, cientistas dizem

Paleontologists have unearthed a first-of-its kind small armoured dinossauro in southern Argentina that likely weighed as much as a pet cat and walked upright on its back legs.

The dinosaur, named Jakapil kaniukura, lived about 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period and had rows of disk-shaped bony armor along its neck and back down to its tail, researchers said.

The unearthed “subadult” dinosaur was estimated to have been “less than 1.5m in body length and to have weighed 4.5–7 kg”, said scientists, including those from Universidad Maimónides in Argentina, in a study published in Scientific Reports na quinta feira.