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ISLE OF WIGHT NAMED JURASSIC CAPITAL

Wednesday January 16th, 2013
ISLE OF WIGHT NAMED JURASSIC CAPITAL

According to a new map created by palaeontologists the Isle of Wight was the ‘dinosaur capital’ of Britain. Collated research has concluded that the island was home to prehistoric bests ‘five time longer than a double-decker bus and weighing more than 20 elephants’. There have been more fossils found on the picturesque resort than along Dorset’s world famous ‘Jurassic Coastline’.

The map was compiled by Dr Paul Barrett, from The Natural History Museum and stretches back 125 million years. It follows a report based on prehistoric finds over the past 336 years which identified more than 100 species of dinosaur and shows that the island was literally infested with 20-foot-long Neovenators that had five inch claws and two in teeth.

Other finds include Echinodons which were the size of domestic cats and the neck bone of a Sauropod which weighed around 54 tonnes.

Dr Barrett said, 'This map highlights some of the most recent dinosaur discoveries in the UK, as well as the large number of finds made historically. Dinosaur fossils are still found on a regular basis in the cliffs and quarries of the UK and many more surprises are likely to be waiting in the rocks'.
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