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Animals are similar to the crocodiles we know today

Scientists discover dinosaur fossil in England that may have been Europe's biggest predator.  Image: Pixabay.
Scientists discover dinosaur fossil in England that may have been Europe’s biggest predator. Image: Pixabay.

Researchers in England have discovered fossils of what may have been the largest land predator ever recorded in Europe. The material was found on the Isle of Wight in southern England. It is a dinosaur that belonged to the suborder of theropods. The finding was published earlier this month in the journal Peer-Life and Environment.

The material found has been dubbed White Rock Spinosaurid, a nod to the geological layer where the remains were located. The animal was part of a group of bipedal predatory dinosaurs, but very similar to the crocodiles we know today. The bones found are from the tail and a wide pelvis with tunnel-like perforations the size of an index finger.

The paleontologists who made the discovery are from the University of Southampton. For them, the remains indicate that the animal’s body faced scavengers and decomposers. “This was a huge animal, over 10 meters long and, judging by some of its dimensions, it probably represents the largest predatory dinosaur ever found in Europe.”

One factor that caught the attention of two researchers was the location where the animal was found. The southwestern part of the Isle of Wight is formed by rocks that harbor dinosaur fossils from different eras, but which are poorly studied. In the case of the spinosaurid, the bones were found in a geological formation in which extracts were formed nearly 125 million years ago.

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