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Fossils of Europe’s largest meat-eating dinosaur have been found on the Isle of Wight

Fossils of Europe's largest meat-eating dinosaur have been found on the Isle of Wight

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Fossilized bones were found in Isle of Wight in England It suggests that there may have been a larger carnivorous king roaming the prehistoric lands.

On Thursday, paleontologists announced that The remains of a carnivorous dinosaur It may be larger than any other known species in Europe and may be a cousin of the largest carnivorous dinosaur ever recorded, according to Reuters.

Parts of this dinosaur’s skeleton – including the bones of the back, hip, tail and some limb fragments – have been excavated dating back about 125 million years during the Cretaceous period.

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In an email with Fox News Digital, University of Southampton palaeontologist Neil Jostling shared on Friday that these scattered remains lead him to believe the massive beast is “remarkably” more than 33 feet long.

“This is a huge animal!” Hoot.

A diagram shows the fossil remains of a carnivorous dinosaur called a “white rock spinosaurid,” dating to about 125 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. This was discovered on the Isle of Wight in England. (Parker et al./Report via Reuters)

“The Spinosaurus we described last year from Wessex in a 127 million year old deposit…are animals 8 to 9 meters long. This animal is huge.”

“The sample size is impressive,” Chris Parker, a doctoral student at the University of Southampton, told Reuters.

“It is one of the largest – and perhaps the largest – wild predators ever known to haunt Europe.”

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Experts have concluded that the remains likely belong to a group of dinosaurs called spinosaurs, based on a pattern of small grooves at the top of the tailbone.

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This group includes the dinosaur Spinosaurus, which lived about 95 million years ago and was considered the longest predator by measurement – measuring about 50 feet in length.

Jostling revealed that this new dinosaur was “very good” close to the size of a Spinosaurus.

Spinosaurs have a make-up similar to crocodiles, with their long skulls and lots of cone-shaped teeth for gnawing at slippery watery prey.

Artist's illustration shows a large meat-eating dinosaur called "white rock spinosauride," Dating back about 125 million years during the Cretaceous period, its remains were discovered on the Isle of Wight in England, standing on the shore, surrounded by flying reptiles called pterosaurs.

Artist’s illustration shows a large meat-eating dinosaur called a “white rock spinosaurid,” whose remains were discovered about 125 million years ago during the Cretaceous period on the Isle of Wight in England, standing on the beach, surrounded by flying reptiles called pterosaurs. .
(Anthony Hutchings/Handout via Reuters)

The newly discovered dinosaur has yet to be given a scientific name, as not all remains have been found – but paleontologists are calling it a “White Rock spinosaurid” for now.

The name derives from the geological layer, the Cretaceous Vectis Formation, where the bones were exposed.

Experts believe that this dinosaur is completely unique and does not belong to any other previously identified species.

This layer is considered an “unusual” site, as coastal environments are not known to preserve fossils well, according to Jostling.

He added, “Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s a Spinosaurus. Unlike other theropod dinosaurs, Spinosaurus is known to have a closer relationship with water.”

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Experts believe that this dinosaur is completely unique and does not belong to any other previously identified species.

The analysis by Jostling and his team indicates that the fossils may have belonged specifically to a Spinosaurin, which could represent the first Spinosaurus Spinosaurus in the British fossil record.

Among the family of carnivorous dinosaurs, also known as theropods, were some of the largest known dinosaurs on the continent—such as the North American Tyrannosaurs Rex, which was 42 feet long, and the European Torvosaurus, which spanned nearly 33 feet.

A fossil skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is displayed in an exhibit at Christie's Auctions on September 17, 2020, in New York City.  (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A fossil skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is displayed in an exhibit at Christie’s Auctions on September 17, 2020, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Jostling told Reuters the white rock spinosauride might be the size of a T-Rex.

“Let’s hope more fossils emerge,” he said.

We like a skull or teeth.

The Isle of Wight has become a rich extraction site for dinosaur bones.

The fossils were first spotted along Compton Bay on the island’s southwest coast.

The Isle of Wight has become a rich extraction site for dinosaur bones.

The bones were first discovered by Jostling’s fellow Dr. Jeremy Lockwood and dinosaur hunter Nick Chase – who died before the pandemic, thus losing public exposure to the discovery.

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“He would have been very happy and pleased that Jeremy gave me the materials for me and Chris to look at, given what the bones we found are telling us,” said Jostling.

Reuters contributed to this article.