Scientists Have Discovered "Europe's Largest Land Predator": A Dinosaur With A Crocodile Face

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Image credit: Anthony Hutchings / Chris Barker & Dan folkes., a huge crocodile faced dinosaur, was discovered on the Isle of Wight by the most outstanding "fossil Hunter" in Britain

This dinosaur with a crocodile face was named "white stone Spinosaurus" for the geological layer where it was found. It was identified from its huge pelvis and tailbone fossils and other dinosaur fragments. A team led by researchers from the University of Southampton published a study on "Europe's largest land Predator" in the Journal peerj this week.

"In some dimensions, it seems to represent one of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever found in Europe. It may even be the largest dinosaur known so far. Unfortunately, it is only known from a small amount of materials, but these are enough to show that it is a huge creature," Chris Barker, the study leader, said in a statement at the University of Southampton on Thursday

Because researchers have excavated very few dinosaurs, other small fossil animals have not yet obtained official scientific names. So this means that there is no Latin translation of heavy metals such as "eat Munch face melter" or "bone crusher". Paleontologists hope to find more dinosaur fragments.

These bones tell the story of what happens after an animal dies. One of the pelvis showed signs of being penetrated by beetle larvae. Jeremylockwood, a doctoral student at the University of Portsmouth and the Museum of natural history and co-author of the study, said: "this huge predator eventually became the food of many insects."

The Isle of Wight in England is home to a large number of dinosaur fossils, including the cousin of Tyrannosaurus Rex, some new species of echinosaurus, and close relatives of Velociraptor who may climb trees.

Finally, the team said that in the future, it would carefully observe the excavated dinosaur bones to calculate their age and growth rate, and reveal more secrets about the giant predator.

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