It's The Daisy-Saurus! Little Fossil-Finder Has Dinosaur Named After Her

14/08/2014 16:48 | Updated 22 May 2015
It's the Daisy-saurus! Little fossil-finder has dinosaur named after her
Not everyone gets the chance to carve their name in history. But little Daisy Morris has made her mark stretching back millions of years.

For the nine-year-old has had a dinosaur named in her honour after fossilised bones she found turned out to be an undiscovered species.

Daisy, from the Isle of Wight, stumbled upon the remains on Atherfield beach four years ago.

A scientific paper stated the newly discovered species of pterosaur – a giant flying reptile - would be called Vectidraco daisymorrisae.

Daisy's mum Sian Morris said her daughter had started fossil hunting aged three and came across the blackened 'bones sticking out of the sand' in 2009, when she was four years old.

They approached Southampton University's 'Fossil Man' Martin Simpson who said the discovery was 'something very special'.

The fossil turned out to be a new genus and species of small pterosaur; a flying reptile from the Lower Cretaceous period.

Vectidraco means 'dragon from the Isle of Wight', and daisymorrisae honours Daisy Morris.

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