A nine-year-old girl has had a prehistoric beast named in her honour after fossilised bones she found turned out to be an undiscovered species.
Daisy Morris 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 would be called Vectidraco daisymorrisae.
Fossil expert Martin Simpson said this was an example of how "major discoveries can be made by amateurs".
Vectidraco means 'dragon from the
and daisymorrisae honours Daisy Morris
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.
The Morris family, from Whitwell, approached
's 'Fossil Man' Mr Simpson
with Daisy's finds in 2009. Southampton University
"I knew I was looking at something very special. And I was right," said Mr Simpson.
The fossil turned out to be a new genus and species of small pterosaur; a flying reptile from the Lower Cretaceous period.
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