New Dinosaur makes its debut at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center today
Written by jordanmckamey on July 12, 2019
WyoToday.com reports that the Wyoming Dinosaur Center has announced the opening of a new permanent exhibit showcasing a new raptor-like dinosaur species. Scientifically named Hesperornithoides miessleri (Heś-per-orn-ih-THOID-ees MEESE-ler-eye)—but informally known as “Lori”—this new dinosaur is slightly less than three feet long and is the smallest dinosaur found so far in Wyoming. The new exhibit will open Friday, July 12th, and will display the actual fossil bones along with a full-size reproduction of Lori’s skeleton.
Paleontologists discovered Lori in the summer of 2001, in the Morrison Formation near Douglas, Wyoming, slightly above the excavation site of “Jimbo,” the WDC’s well-known Supersaurus specimen, which is the largest, most complete dinosaur found so far in Wyoming. The Morrison dates to the late Jurassic period, approximately 155 to 140 million years ago.
Lori is considered a troodontid (tro-oh-DONT-id). Troodontids are a group of meat-eating dinosaurs known to possess sickle-like killing claws and to have potential for above-average intelligence. They are closely related to the well-known velociraptors, famous for their chilling appearance in the movie Jurassic Park. Lori is a pocket-sized version of its infamous cousins, complete with the killing claw on each foot.