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Paleontologists on Wednesday announced the discovery of two new dinosaur species A journal article for Scientific Reports – with predatory creatures roaming the south of England 125 million years ago during the early Cretaceous period.
Both new species — which can be assigned to the spinosaurid group — are three-legged dinosaurs that span 29 feet in length and feature crocodile-esque skulls to hunt prey both in water and on land. His fossil, consisting of 50 bones, was discovered many years later on the Isle of Wight beach.
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“This is the rarest and most exciting discovery I’ve made in more than 30 years of fossil collection,” said fossil collector Brian Foster. In a statement provided by the University of Southampton.
The first specimen of the two is called Ceratosuchops inferodios, but its nickname label is much more catchy: “horned crocodile-faced hell heron.” It gets its name from the low horns and bumps near the brow area and is also associated with the hunting style of the animal.
The other is called Riparovenator Milnere, which translates as “Milner’s Riverbank Hunter”. The name honors the late British paleontologist Angela Milner.
Fossil collectors in England first discovered related fragments of two dinosaur skulls before a team from the Dinosaur Isle Museum discovered tail bones on the beach.
“After the two snouts were found we realized this would be something very rare and unusual,” fossil collector Jeremy Lockwood said in a statement provided by the University of Southampton. “Then it became more surprising as many collectors found and donated other parts of this giant jigsaw to the museum.”
The largest dinosaur in the spinosaurid group is Spinosaurus, which was discovered in North Africa in 1915 and is featured in “Jurassic Park III.”