Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Isle of Wight was 'dinosaur capital' of UK, according to new map

The Isle of Wight was infested by dinosaurs five times longer than buses 125 million years ago - as well as predators with five-inch claws.

The Isle of Wight is a peaceful, picturesque south coast resort these days - but 125 million years ago, it was the 'dinosaur capital' of Britain, infested by terrifying predators and other huge beasts.

The island was home to dinosaurs such as a Sauropod which was five times longer than a double-decker bus and weighed more than 20 elephants.

The number of fossils found there beats even the famous 'Jurassic Coast' in Dorset for fossil finds more than 125 million years old, according to a new Dinosaur Map of Britain compiled by Dr Paul Barrett, from The Natural History Museum.

The island was also infested with razor-toothed predators, Neovenators, a 20-foot-long predator with five-inch claws and two-inch teeth. 

Dr Paul Barrett conducted a report of prehistoric finds over the past 336 years - and found that more than 100 species of dinosaur used to live in the UK, including tiny Echinodons not much bigger than cats.  

In the Isle of Wight, palaeontologists found a neck bone of a Sauropod which weighed roughly 54 tonnes. Remains of Neovenator dinosaurs were also found nearby. 

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