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Something Weird Among The Largest Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Found On Isle Of Wight

The origins of dinosaurs have remained a mystery to this day. It’s still a mystery to scientists why they became so enormous. A mystery surrounds their extinction, and no one knows what they were like before they perished. Recently, paleontologists claimed to have uncovered fragments of the skeleton of a distant cousin of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs.

The bones of a meat-eating dinosaur have been uncovered on the English island of the Isle of Wight. It’s likely that this creature is far larger than anything previously uncovered in Europe. This creature is also believed to be connected to the largest meat-eating dinosaur species.

It’s a distant relative of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs.

It's a distant relative of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs.
Credits : Anthony Hutchings/Handout via REUTERS

Based on study results, this species was living during the Cretaceous Period, which happened around 125 million years ago. The only bones that were found during the excavation were the hips, some fragments of limbs, and the tail. There was no skull or set of teeth discovered.

Despite their best efforts, they were only able to study a small section of the skeleton. With that knowledge, however, they were able to arrive at the conclusion that it was longer than 10 meters (33 feet), and possibly even much longer than that.

Chris Barker served as the primary author of the research that was submitted for publication in PeerJ Life & Environment.

In Barker’s words, the monster was “impressive.” He claims that it is one of the largest, and maybe the largest, known terrestrial predators that has ever roamed Europe.

There was no doubt in their minds that it belonged to a family of Spinosaurus. One of them was Spinosaurus, a 95 million-year-old extinct creature. To date, they are the longest-known predatory dinosaurs, with a total length of roughly 50 feet (15 meters). One of the factors that led researchers to this conclusion was the discovery of minute grooves on the tail vertebra’s upper surface.

Spinosaurus had a large number of teeth shaped like cones, and their skulls were long and slender, like crocodiles’ heads. They are useful for securing prey that is difficult to hold on to. The claws and muscular arms of these dinosaurs were a major advantage. Aside from aquatic prey, they also ate other dinosaurs.

These fossils belong to the “White Rock spinosaurid” dinosaur that lived 125 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period.

These fossils belong to the "White Rock spinosaurid" dinosaur lived 125 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period.
Credits : Barker et al/Handout via REUTERS

In the excavations, just a little portion of the dinosaur’s skeleton was discovered. As a result, the newly found dinosaur has yet to be scientifically named by the researchers. The geological strata in which White Rock spinosaurids were found led to the naming of these dinosaurs as such. They believe it to be a previously unknown species.

Theropods were the name given to a group of dinosaurs notable for their meat-eating habits. This group had a large presence on every continent. They walked on two legs and the biggest of them possessed gigantic heads and powerful fangs.

The Spinosaurus was the biggest dinosaur found in Africa. Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex) which could reach height a of 42-foot (13 meters) dominated North America. The Giganotosaurus and the Tarbosaurus ruled across South America and Asia, respectively. The European Torvosaurus stood at a height of 10 meters (33 feet) and was the largest named theropod yet found (10 meters).

University of Southampton paleobiologist and study corresponding author Neil Gostling believes the newly discovered dinosaur may be as long T. rex.

Gostling claims that the newly found dinosaur is enormous. He went on to explain that they hope to discover more fossils and that finding a skull or teeth among the bones would be a great success.

The researchers hope that by examining the teeth, they may have a better understanding of the place of this dinosaur in the family tree of the Spinosaurs.

A Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur fossil skeleton is on exhibit in a gallery at Christie’s in New York City.

A Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur fossil skeleton is on exhibit in a gallery at Christie's in New York City.
Credits: Spencer Platt

The fossils were discovered at Compton Bay, which is located on the Isle of Wight’s southwest coast. The dinosaur shared its habitat with other herbivorous dinosaurs and flying reptiles known as pterosaurs. Large portions of Europe were covered by water during that time period because sea levels were far higher than they are today.

It has just come to light that the Isle of Wight is among the most fruitful regions in all of Europe for the finding of dinosaur fossils.

The same team of researchers had unearthed another pair of Cretaceous spinosaurs on the Isle of Wight the year before. They were each around 30 feet in length each (9 meters).

These discoveries, in addition to the most recent one, provide support to their hypothesis on spinosaurs. Accordingly, experts believe that spinosaurs are members of a group that originated and developed in western Europe before dispersing to other regions of the globe.

According to Barker, the newly discovered information gives support to their previous study, which indicated that Europe had an important role in the development of spinosaurs.

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