A new dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered in England
Paleontologists at the University of Southampton have identified this new species after studying four recently discovered skeletons on Isle of Wight. Experts say the skeleton belongs to a new species of arthropod, a group that includes Tyrannosaurus rex.
“The dinosaur lived in the Cretaceous period 115 million years ago and is estimated to be four meters (13.1 feet) long,” said paleontologists. The new dinosaur was named Vectaerovenator inopinatus due to the large air space in some bones.
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An article on the research will be published in the journal Papers in Paleontology.
Chris Barker, a graduate student at the University of Southampton who led the study, said: “We were impressed by how hollow this animal was – it had holes in the air.
Fragments of the bones were found in three separate discoveries over a period of several weeks last year and presented to the Dinosaur Island Museum on Sandown, Isle of Wight. Two of the discoveries are made by individuals and one by a family.
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Earlier this year, in another project, experts uncovered a “foot stamped dinosaur” on the island of Skye off the northwest coast of Scotland.