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Meet Pulanesaura - the fossils were found at Heelbo - a farm in the Eastern Free State where two other recently described South African dinosaur species also come from – Aardonyx and Arcusaurus, both more primitive members of the same lineage.

Pulanesaura eocollum means the “Rainbow lizard”.

Dr Jonah Choiniere, Senior researcher at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University discussed the new Pulanesaura.

Choiniere said the dinosaur were ancestors of crocodiles and birds.

“There were dinosaurs everywhere in South Africa 200 million years ago,” The senior researcher said.

Choiniere added that dinosaurs were not big thinkers and had small brains.

Listen Dr Jonah Choiniere, Senior researcher at Wits University discussed the new species of dinosaur, Pulanesaura.

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