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New dinosaur species associated with Tyrannosaurus rex are discovered



A new dinosaur species related to Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered in the UK

Paleontologists at the University of Southampton identified the new species after studying four bones that were recently discovered on the Isle of Wight. The bones belong to a new species of theropod dinosaur, the group that includes Tyrannosaurus rex, experts said.

“The dinosaur lived in the Cretaceous period 115 million years ago and is estimated to have been up to four meters (13.1 meters) long,” paleontologists said in a statement. The new dinosaur species is named Vectaerovenator inopinatus because of the large air spaces in some of the bones.

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A paper on the study will be published in the journal Papers in Palaeontology.

An artist's impression of the last moments of the dinosaur.

An artist’s impression of the last moments of the dinosaur.
(Credit: Trudie Wilson)

“We were amazed at how wild this animal was – it’s full of airspace,” said Chris Barker, a doctoral student at the University of Southampton who led the study. “Parts of her skeleton had to be quite delicate.”

The bones were found in three separate discoveries over a weekly period last year and donated to the Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown, Isle of Wight. Two of the discoveries were made by individuals and one by a family.

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Earlier this year, in another project, experts discovered a “dinosaur barrier land” on the Isle of Skye off the northwest coast of Scotland.


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