Europe’s largest carnivorous dinosaur species discovered on Isle of Wight

Europe’s largest carnivorous dinosaur species discovered on Isle of Wight

Paleontologists discovered dinosaur fossils and bones dating back more than 125 million years ago. The discovery was made in south coastal region of England. They are believed to be Europe’s largest land predator dinosaur species; the dinosaur is believed to be over 30 feet or 10 meter tall and weighed many hundred tons. The bones discovered from the Isles belong to the pelvic and tail vertebrate areas.

The dinosaur’s face is shaped like a crocodile and it walked on two legs and belonged to the spinosaurid family. The Spinosaurid family evolved during Jurassic period and lasted till the Cretaceous period. Spinosaurid fossils have been found in many parts of the world including Asia, South America, Australia, Europe and Africa.

The Isle of Wight has several dinosaur remains which is why it is called as dinosaur island. It was home to more than 28 dinosaur species, with two new species found in 2021. The latest finding has been called as white rock spinosaurid, and has no scientific name as of yet. Cretaceous rocks have been famous for dinosaurs; however, the fact remains that the Isle’s fossil records preserved dinosaurs apart from more than a section of the history and some sections are not well known.

This specimen has been eroded from the Vectis Formation; the Vectis formation is infamously poor form of dinosaur fossils. According to experts, the fossil discovered is quite likely the youngest known Spinosaur fossil yet known out of the country.

The 120 million years old formation has been preserving the start of period of sea level rising, where these White Rock Spinosaurus have been wandering in search of food and water. Marks on the fossil bones hint that even after dying, the bodies of these giants still supported range of decomposers and scavengers. Formal scientific name is yet to be given as only small number of fragments have been found, scientists are hoping that the other fossil parts will also be found soon.


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