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Wednesday, 24 January, 2001, 12:40 GMT
Dinosaur rocks on

American scientists have named a newly discovered dinosaur after the British rock star, Mark Knopfler, of Dire Straits.

The experts who excavated the creature's bones at a site in Madagascar said that, whenever they played Knopfler's music during the dig, more fossils were found .

The unique find is of a small reptile, now named Masiakasaurus knopfleri.

It lived about sixty five million years ago, and was about two metres long with unusual, highly specialised teeth and jaws, designed to pierce and grasp its prey.

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