Kongonaphon kely, a newly described reptile near the ancestry of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, is illustrated to scale with human hands. Image: Frank Ippolito/American Museum of Natural History via ReutersKongonaphon kely, a newly described reptile near the ancestry of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, is illustrated to scale with human hands. Image: Frank Ippolito/American Museum of Natural History via Reuters
Kongonaphon kely, a newly described reptile near the ancestry of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, is illustrated to scale with human hands. Image: Frank Ippolito/American Museum of Natural History via Reuters

Fossils reveal ‘cute’ dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

  • Kongonaphon kely, which means ‘tiny bug slayer’, was just shy of 10cm tall and probably ate insects or other small invertebrates
  • The fossils, dug up in Madagascar, date from 237 million years ago

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Kongonaphon kely, a newly described reptile near the ancestry of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, is illustrated to scale with human hands. Image: Frank Ippolito/American Museum of Natural History via ReutersKongonaphon kely, a newly described reptile near the ancestry of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, is illustrated to scale with human hands. Image: Frank Ippolito/American Museum of Natural History via Reuters
Kongonaphon kely, a newly described reptile near the ancestry of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, is illustrated to scale with human hands. Image: Frank Ippolito/American Museum of Natural History via Reuters
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