New Species Of Dinosaur Discovered On Isle Of Wight

James Marshall
August 14, 2020

Scientists were joyed by the fact that these dinosaurs were found on the coast of England, for they believe that only a few species resided during their lives. The dinosaur is named Vectaerovenator inopinatus, who is believed to be a distant cousin of the T-Rex and modern-day birds.

Researchers from the University of Southampton have published their findings on four fossilised bones from the creature's neck, back and tail, which were discovered on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom a year ago.

It lived in the Cretaceous period, about 115 million years ago, according to the release.

The air sacs, which are also seen in modern birds, were extensions of the lung, the researchers said, and it is likely they helped fuel an efficient breathing system while also making the skeleton lighter.

The scientific study confirmed the fossils were very likely to be from the same individual dinosaur. "I considered they were being exclusive and so took them alongside when we frequented Dinosaur Isle Museum".

It was only later that the researchers were able to confirm that the bones probably belonged to the same dinosaur.

"We had been struck by just how hollow this animal was - it truly is riddled with air areas", guide creator Chris Barker, a PhD pupil at the university, claimed in a push launch. "Parts of its skeleton must have been rather delicate", he said.

Barker added that a European record of a theropod dinosaur dated from the mid-Cretaceous is not abundant, so it was fascinating for the discovery to have added to science's understanding of dinosaur diversity during the Cretaceous.

Scientists consider the discovery rare because usually no remains of dinosaurs are found in Shanklin. "I regularly create certain I explore the locations others carry out certainly not, as well as on this celebration it paid for off". It looked different from marine reptile vertebrae I have come across in the past. Their findings will be published in the journal Papers in Palaeontology, in a paper co-authored by those who discovered the fossils.

Another discoverer, Ryde resident Paul Farrell, said that he was walking on the beach and kicking stones when he discovered something that looked like a dinosaur bone.

Also, he says that it is also uncommon to find fossils from Shanklin deposits because they were formed in a saltwater habitat. "You're much more likely to find fossil oysters or drift wood, so this is a rare find indeed".

The researchers think that the animal lived just north of the area where its fossils were discovered; its carcass may have washed out to the nearby shallow sea.

The Isle of Wight is a popular destination among fossil collectors. Two of the discoveries were made by individuals and one by a family.

The fossils were discovered in three separate occasions during 2019. The bones will be on display in the museum in the future.

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