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Europe’s largest carnivorous dinosaur discovered – on the Isle of Wight

SCIENTISTS have found a terrifying crocodile-headed dinosaur on the Isle of Wight believed to be Europe’s largest prehistoric carnivore.

The 33-foot carnivore had rows of sharp teeth, razor-sharp claws, could move quickly, and would chew anything it hunted on land or in the sea.

Scientists have found a crocodile-headed dinosaur on the Isle of Wight, nicknamed the White Rock Spinosaur

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Scientists have found a crocodile-headed dinosaur on the Isle of Wight, nicknamed the White Rock SpinosaurCredit: PA
Only fragments of his 125-million-year-old fossilized skeleton have been found in a former lagoon

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Only fragments of his 125-million-year-old fossilized skeleton have been found in a former lagoonCredit: PA

It was larger than T-Rex – widely considered the fiercest dinosaur – and could have given the predator “a fight for its money,” experts say.

People nicknamed White Rock Spinosaurs would have been an easy snack for the monster if we had existed at the same time.

Only fragments of his 125-million-year-old fossilized skeleton have been found in a former lagoon.

Tests on the bones are said to show how old the Goliath was when it died.

The researcher dr. Jeremy Lockwood of London’s Natural History Museum said: “This was almost certainly Europe’s largest land carnivore and among the largest ever to have lived anywhere in the world.

“It would have been terrifying.

“It was an active hunter and humans would have been easy prey. It could probably have swallowed us in one gulp.

“We think that not only is it exceptionally large, but it could also run quite fast – so if you come face-to-face with one, you might have trouble getting away.

“It would certainly have given T-Rex some competition.

“Its bite wasn’t as strong, but it was much longer – a really huge animal.”

The dino was related to two other massive carnivores found on the Isle of Wight last year.

They were Ceratosuchops inferodios, which translates to “horned crocodile-faced hell heron,” and Riparovenator milnerae, which means “river bank hunter.”

Europe’s largest carnivorous dinosaur was once believed to be the 30-foot Torvosaurus gurneyi, which once roamed Spain.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/5530115/crocodile-dinosaur-isle-of-wight/ Europe’s largest carnivorous dinosaur discovered – on the Isle of Wight

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