The remains of a carnivorous dinosaur unearthed on a rocky coastline on England’s Isle of Wight may be larger than any other known in Europe, a beast that was a cousin of the largest carnivorous dinosaur species on record.
Paleontologists said on Thursday that they had discovered portions of the dinosaur’s skeleton, including bones from the back, hips, and tail, as well as some limb fragments, but no skull or teeth.
The dinosaur is said to have lived for about 125 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period.
They concluded that the dinosaur was at least 10 meters (33 feet) long and maybe much more based on the incomplete bones.
“The specimen’s size is amazing. Chris Barker, a University of Southampton Ph.D. student in paleontology and lead author of the study published in the journal PeerJ Life & Environment, said, “It is one of the biggest – and possibly the biggest – known land predators ever to stalk Europe.”