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Europe's 'largest ever' predator dinosaur found on Isle of Wight

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Posted: 10/06/22 - 11:29
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Remains of Europe's largest ever land-based predator dinosaur have been discovered on the Isle of Wight, scientists say.

Palaeontologists at the University of Southampton identified the remains, which measured more than 32ft (10m) long and lived 125 million years ago.

The prehistoric bones belonged to a two-legged, crocodile-faced, predatory spinosaurid dinosaur.

PhD student Chris Barker, who led the research, said it was a "huge animal".

The remains, which include pelvic and tail vertebrae, were discovered on the south-west coast of the Isle of Wight.

The carnivore has been dubbed the "white rock spinosaurid", after the geological layer in which the remains were found.

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I find it utterly amazing that we are still making discoveries as incredible as this one.
21 days
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Another great find for the isle of Wight. The chalk does help in these finds for sure.
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I do wonder how they come to these conclusions on the size of it based on literally a handful of fragments of the actual skeleton being found