A nine-year-old girl British girl has had a dinosaur named in her honor after she discovered bones of the prehistoric creature at a beach in England.
The UK Daily Mail reports Daisy Morris was just 5 years old when she was walking along a beach at the Isle of Wight in the UK and stumbled across tiny little black bones sticking out of the mud.
After digging the fossils out of the dirt, Morris and her parents took the remains to a dinosaur expert, hoping to gain more information on the find.
“I knew I was looking at something very special,” said Southampton University’s Martin Simpson.
Simpson’s hunch was right as Daisy’s fossil turned out to be a previously undiscovered flying dinosaur.
Palaeontologists announced Monday that Morris’ discovery has been finally been named in her honor — Vectidraco daisymorrisae.
Experts say that were it not for the budding palentologist the Vectidraco would have been washed away with the eroding coastline, never to be discovered.
According to Plos One, the Vectidraco daisymorrisae is about the size of a crow, and is a genus of pterosaur that existed at the same time as dinosaurs in the Lower Cretaceous period.
In addition to having the dino named after her, Morris also became the subject of a children’s book, Daisy and the Wight Dragon – with the title based on the translation of Vectidraco or Dragon of the Wight.
“When I told my friends about it, they said it was cool,” 9-year-old Morris said.
Daisy, who is fascinated by studying animals and dinosaurs, started hunting for fossils at age three. Her parents say they have no plans on stopping her hobby.
“If your child is good at drawing or dancing and they enjoy it, then you encourage them and this is what Daisy enjoys,” her mother said. “She’s fascinated and we’re very proud of her.”
Here is a video on Daisy Morris’ dinosaur discovery: