Despite having a surface size of only 148 square miles (384 km²), the Isle of Wight, an English island, is one of Europe’s most dinosaur-rich areas.
In fact, over 20 dinosaur species from the early Cretaceous Period have been discovered there, including those that were discovered for the first time on the island.
Spinosaurid dinosaurs are a predatory theropod dinosaur family that lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Spinosaurid fossils have been discovered in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Australia, among other places.
Paleontologists at the University of Southampton have discovered the remains of one of Europe’s largest land-based hunts, a 10m-long dinosaur that lived some 125 million years ago.
Several prehistoric bones discovered on the Isle of Wight on England’s south coast and housed at the Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown, belonged to a type of two-legged, crocodile-faced carnivorous dinosaur known as spinosaurids. It was known as the ‘White Rock spinosaurid,’ after the geological strata in where it was discovered, and it was a massive predator.
“This was a massive beast, measuring more than 10 meters in length and weighing many tons.” According to some of the proportions, it appears to be one of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever discovered in Europe – possibly the largest ever known,” said study leader PhD student Chris Barker. “It’s a shame we just have a tiny bit of information, but it’s enough to prove it was a massive beast.”