The remains of Europe's largest ever land-based predator dinosaur have been discovered on the Isle of Wight, scientists say. Palaeontologists at the University of Southampton identified the remains, which measured more than 10m (32ft) long and lived 125 million years ago.
The prehistoric bones belonged to a two-legged, crocodile-faced, predatory spinosaurid dinosaur.
PhD student Chris Barker, who led the research, said it was a “huge animal.”
The remains, which include pelvic and tail vertebrae, were discovered on the Isle of Wight, England’s second most populous island, located just off the south coast.
The carnivore has been dubbed the “white rock spinosaurid”, after the geological layer in which the remains were found.
“This was a huge animal, exceeding 10m in length and probably several tonnes in weight,” Mr Barker said.
“Judging from some of the dimensions, it appears to represent one of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever found in Europe - maybe even the biggest yet known.”
It would have lived at the beginning of a period of rising sea levels and would have stalked lagoonal waters and sandflats in search of food.