Fossilised bones unearthed by a British palaeontologist in colonial Tanzania in the 1930s may be those of the oldest dinosaur ever found, researchers reported on Wednesday.

The bones, housed in London’s Natural History Museum, are either those of the earliest dinosaur or of the closest relative of dinosaurs discovered to date, they said.

A denizen of the Middle Triassic around 243 million years ago, the creature predates all previous dinosaur finds by 10 to 15 million years, the scientists said.

The specimen also points to the possible birthplace of these enigmatic species in a mega-continent called Pangaea, they added.

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