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Scientists Find Tracks of Smallest Known Dinosaur with Rare Skin Details

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An international team of paleontologists have discovered fossilized tracks of Minisauripus, the smallest known dinosaur, with details of its skin, the researchers announced in Beijing Thursday.

This is the first time that skin prints have been found in such tracks, according to Jong Deock Lim, a researcher on the team from the Republic of Korea (ROK).

"Common dinosaur footprints are usually 20 cm to 30 cm long, but the tracks of Minisauripus are usually 2 cm long," said Xing Lida, a scientist with the study from the China University of Geosciences in Beijing.

"Different dinosaurs have different patterns of scales. The discovery of the skin prints will help advance studies on mini theropod dinosaurs."

Kyung Soo Kim, a professor at the Chinju National University of Education in ROK, found the tracks at a local construction site, making it the tenth site of Minisauripus around the world.

Tracks of the tiny dinosaur are only found in China and the ROK, according to the researchers. The findings have been published in international journal Scientific Reports. (Xinhua)

(Editor: LIU Jia)

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