A scientific study stated that the bones discovered on the Isle of Wight in southern England belong to two new species of carnivorous dinosaurs that inhabited the Earth in the early Cretaceous period.
According to experts from the University of Southampton, the specimens discovered at Bridgestone Beach in recent years are from predators related to the Spinosaurus group.
The study published in the journal Scientific Report reports that the new species, which received the names Ceratosuchops inferodios and Riparovenator milnerae, respectively, is nine meters long and has a skull similar to that of a crocodile, despite having one meter, which allowed it to hunt. Whether on land or in the water.
So far, the only spinosaurus skeleton ever found in the UK belonged to the genus Baryonix, which was found in a quarry in Surrey, southwest London in 1983.
In the opinion of Chris Parker, the study’s lead author, the discovery of the Isle of Wight indicates that the country was home to more spinosaurs than originally thought.
His colleague David Hoon of Queen Mary University of London, for his part, noted that although it seemed strange to find two similar and related carnivores in the same ecosystem, in fact it was a common occurrence for both dinosaurs.
Although incomplete, the skeletons of the two new species that inhabited the Isle of Wight 125 million years ago will be on display at the local museum.
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