OXFORD (FOX19) - A Miami University professor is part of a scientific team that has studied and described a newly discovered dinosaur that was lighter in weight than some house cats.
The creature has been named Eodromeous, which means "dawn runner", a reference to its build and to its existence at the dawn of the age of dinosaurs.
Though the animal only weighed 10-15 pounds; its lanky runner's build means it was about 4 feet long, with a long neck and tail. The little dinosaur's stabbing teeth and hand-like forepaws would have made it an frightening pursuer for a number of smaller creatures.
Scientists believe these dinosaurs were early members of an line that eventually led to the birds.
The team was able to describe a nearly complete skeleton after finding remains from a pair of the dinosaurs in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in what is now South America, but was then p