Researchers in South America discover a new species of small but healthy dinosaur: ScienceAlert

The fossils of a small, spiny dinosaur recently discovered in South America may represent an entire line of armored dinosaurs previously unknown to science.

The newly discovered species, Jakapil Kaniukuralooks like a primitive relative of armored dinosaurs like Ankylosaurus or Stegosaurusbut it comes from the Cretaceous, the last era of the dinosaurs, and lived between 97 million and 94 million years ago.

This means that an entire lineage of armored dinosaurs lived in the Southern Hemisphere but went completely unnoticed until now, paleontologists report in a new study.

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