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Last Updated: Tuesday January 25 2011 09:29 GMT

T-rex dinosaur cousin discovered

New dinosaur discovered

A tiny distant cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered in China with just one claw on each leg.

Its name is a bit of a mouthful (Linhenykus monodactylus) and it was a similar size to a parrot.

The dinosaur was found in sediments in the ground that are between 75 and 84 MILLION years old.

It comes from a small group of the theropod type of dinosaur which are the ones that gave rise to modern day birds we see today.

The international team found parts of the skeleton, including bones, limbs, and a partial pelvis.