New dinosaur species discovered in China after fossilized paw found

The fossilized theropod remains are thought to be 121 million years old, placing their origin in the early Cretaceous period.

 An illustrative image of a dinosaur's foot. (photo credit: EDGAR SU/ REUTERS)
An illustrative image of a dinosaur’s foot.

A new species of theropod was discovered in China, after a fossilized hand, a partial ribcage and part of a limb were discovered, according to a new academic article published earlier in June.

Researchers chronicled their research in a peer-reviewed article, which was published in the academic journal Cretaceous Research.

The fossilized theropod remains are thought to be 121 million years old, placing their origin in the early Cretaceous period.

Classifying the dinosaur

The fossils show a unique structure, which is what has led the researchers to believe that the fossil comes from a never-before-discovered species. They have named the dinosaur species Migmanychion laiyang.

The dinosaur comes from the coelurosaurian clade Maniraptora family, meaning that this dinosaur was an early ancestor to birds.

Bolivian amateur palaeontologist, Omar Medina, puts his hand in a dinosaur footprint in an area called Tunasniyoj (credit: DAVID MERCADO/REUTERS)Bolivian amateur palaeontologist, Omar Medina, puts his hand in a dinosaur footprint in an area called Tunasniyoj (credit: DAVID MERCADO/REUTERS)

The fossil bears similarities to one found in Japan, the Fukuivenator paradoxus, which has led to some discourse on classifying the new dinosaur.