Crocodile-faced dinosaur is Europe's biggest carnivore

A huge dinosaur with a crocodile face and a spiny back that roamed the territory of modern England

approximately 125 million years ago, was one of the largest predatory animals that ever inhabited Europe.

Paleontologists have unearthed the remains of this animal onIsle of Wight off the south coast of England. The researchers nicknamed the new-found species "White Rock Spinosaurid" after the calcareous geological layer where the fossils were found. Since scientists have only found fragments, this animal has yet to be given an official scientific name.

According to a new study published inPeerJ Life and Environment magazine, these remains are the youngest Spinosaurus fossils ever found in the UK. Spinosaurids were bipedal carnivorous dinosaurs with crocodile-like skulls, thin necks, and strong legs. They lived in the Cretaceous period - from 145 to 66 million years ago. The new species is a close relative of the older, potentially amphibious Spinosaurus, which was larger than Tyrannosaurus rex.

“It was a huge animal, over 10 meters long.According to some measurements, the remains belong to the largest carnivorous dinosaur ever found in Europe, explains Chris Barker, lead author of the study in a report from the University of Southampton in England. “It is a pity that this is known only from such meager material.”

Researchers discover ancient fossilsmonster, including giant pelvic and caudal vertebrae, in Cretaceous rocks near Compton China, a region along the southwest coast of the Isle of Wight. The remains are preserved in a rocky structure known as the Vectis Formation, which began about 125 million years ago when sediments due to rising sea levels were deposited on the site of a freshwater coastal lagoon. The authors of the study reported that it was through these lagoon waters and sandbanks that the White Rock spinosaurid roamed in search of prey.

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