Paleontologist Adam Yates (and team) have discovered three new dinosaurs species, and the fangs of possibly a forth which was a dinosaur eater.
The first dino was given the name Aardonyx celestae. Yates believes it will help explain how the first two-legged herbivore dinosaurs called prosauropods, evolved into the sauropods (the largest dinosaur to walk the Earth).
Many have labeled this dinosaur a missing link, but Yates doesn’t like the term.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Yates doesn’t like the term “missing link.” It upsets his scientific sensibilities because evolution doesn’t unfold in a neat, linear fashion. But he says the term does at least convey the import of the discovery.
“It’s one of the dinosaurs in a long, smeary continuum,” he said Wednesday. “It shows us what we should already have pretty much guessed, which was that evolution was a messy, complicated affair.”