(ORDO NEWS) — The dinosaur, dubbed the White Rock spinosaurid, was found on the dinosaur-rich island of Europe. On the British Isle of Wight, archaeologists have discovered a terrifying cross between a Tyrannosaurus rex and a great white shark.
A dinosaur found on the Isle of Wight is believed to be the largest land predator ever to roam Europe, scientists say. Experts believe the creature, which thankfully no longer roams the streets of Europe, was a cross between a T-Rex and a great white shark and measured over 10 meters in length.
The terrifying creature, which researchers believe weighed more than five tons, also had a host of terrifying features, including razor-sharp teeth, a crocodile-like snout, and a whip-like tail.
Among the discovered fossilized bones of this terrible beast were also large pelvic and caudal vertebrae.
Analysis shows that the animal had short arms, like the T-Rex, and was a member of the spinosaurids category, meaning it was part of the first group of dinosaurs that could swim.
University of Southampton paleontology student Chris Baker said the beast was an enormous killer.
He said: “It was a huge animal, over 10 meters in length, and, judging by some dimensions, probably represents the largest carnivorous dinosaur ever found in Europe. It’s just a shame that he’s only known from such meager material.”
University of Portsmouth PhD student Jeremy Lockwood said “most of these amazing fossils were found by Nick Chase, one of the UK’s most experienced dinosaur hunters, who sadly died shortly before the Covid epidemic.”
“I was looking for the remains of this dinosaur with Nick and found a piece of a basin with holes in it, each the size of my index finger.”
“We think they are related to bone-eating larvae like the scavenger beetle. It’s an interesting thought that this giant killer has become food for a lot of giant insects.”
More recently, the Isle of Wight has been dubbed “Dinosaur Island” after more dinosaur bones have been excavated there than anywhere else in Europe.
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