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Isle of Wight: New Species of Dinosaur `Discovered by Fossil Hunters

Remains of three-toed dinosaur found on the beach.

POSTEDBYSAGE O'CONNOR

Two new species of dinosaurs that roamed the south of England 125 million years ago have been unearthed. 

They both belong to the spinosaurid group and it has taken several years to find and collect all of the bones. 

The first specimen has been described by paleontologists as a “hell heron” due to its hunting style being similar to a heron bird. 
The second specimen has been labeled as “Milner’s riverbank hunter”. 

It has been many years since the last spinosaurid skeleton was discovered in Surrey in 1983. An expert in British theropod dinosaurs told the BBC “We've known for a couple of decades now that Baryonyx-like dinosaurs awaited discovery on the Isle of Wight, but finding the remains of two such animals in close succession was a huge surprise."

These newly discovered remains suggest how dinosaurs might have first evolved and seals the Isle of Wight’s position as one of the top locations for dinosaur fossils. 

The remains will be displayed at the Dinosaur Isle Museum amongst other British dinosaur fossils.  

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