Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have 'UK origin'
By Pallab GhoshScience correspondent, BBC News
The reassessment shows that the meat eating beasts, such as and , have been wrongly classified in the dinosaur family tree.
One of the implications is that dinosaurs first emerged 15 million years earlier than previously believed.And the fossil evidence suggests that this origin may have occurred further north than current thinking suggests - possibly in an area that is now the UK, according to the new study's lead author, Matthew Baron of Cambridge University."The northern continents certainly played a much bigger role in dinosaur evolution than we previously thought and dinosaurs may have originated in the UK," he told BBC News.The previous version of the dinosaur family tree was developed 130 years ago by Harry Govier Seeley, a palaeontologist also working at Kings College, London.
Gives some credence to those who believe in Nessie as a living dinosaur. Maybe she did originate in Scotland but must have had to evolve to survive the change in environment.