Artist's illustration shows a large meat-eating dinosaur found on Isle of Wight

‘This one is really big’: Europe’s largest carnivorous dinosaur may have been unearthed

Fossilized bones discovered on a rocky shore on England’s Isle of Wight are the remains of a carnivorous dinosaur that may be larger than any known from Europe.

Paleontologists said they found parts of the dinosaur’s skeleton, including bones of the back, hips and tail, and some fragments of limbs, but no skull or teeth.

Based on the partial remains, they estimate that the as-yet-unnamed dinosaur was more than 10 meters long, but perhaps much more, and lived about 125 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period.

“The size of the specimen is impressive. It is one of the largest – and possibly the largest – known land predators to have ever hunted Europe,” said Chris Barker, a doctoral student of paleontology at the University of Southampton and lead author of the study published in the journal PeerJ Life & Environment

Based in part on a series of small grooves on the top of the tail vertebra, they concluded it belonged to a group of dinosaurs called spinosaurs, including Spinosaurus, which lived about 95 million years ago — and at about 15 meters in length is considered the longest. -known dinosaur predator.

The researchers have not yet given the newly described dinosaur a scientific name due to the incomplete nature of the remains — but are calling it the “White Rock spinosaurid,” based on the geological layer where the bones were found.

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