The remains of a dinosaur discovered in Poland have been officially classified by experts – who have given it the name Smok Wawelski.
Three paleontologists – Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki, Tomasz Sulej and Jerzy Dzik – found the bones of the prehistoric creature in Śląsk (Silesia), in 2008. Now, after four years of intensive research, it has been confirmed that the beast’s remains are of a kind never seen before, clearing the way for Polish dinosaur experts to name the reptile ‘Dragon of Wawel‘.
In legend, the dragon terrorised Kraków, until it was tricked into eating a sheep stuffed with sulphur, and exploded. The real life Smok Wawelski discovered by Niedźwiedzki et al lived some 200 million years ago. Experts say it was up to six metres long, making it the largest predator in Central Europe at the time.
You can read the full scientific report on the discovery in Acta Paleontologica Polonica.
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