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Dinosaur vertebra

Dinosaur vertebra

...one of a number of bones from the tail of a 7 metre long meat-eating dinosaur...

Dinosaurs are known today mainly from the preservation of their hard skeletons and teeth.

This vertebra is one of a number of bones from the tail of a 7 metre long meat-eating dinosaur called Neovenator salerii.

First discovered eroding out of the cliffs of the Isle of Wight in the mid 1970’s, it was only identified 20 years later, after considerable research by Steve Hutt, as a new species.

This bone comes from that first specimen. The animal would once have prowled the mud-plains of the southern half of the Island around 125 million years ago.

The wide blades of bone protruding from the upper surface of the vertebra once supported the muscles of a powerful tail. Neovenator translates as ‘new hunter’ and salerii comes from the name of the landowner ‘Salero’ where the beast was found.

Quick Facts

  • Roamed the land 125 million years ago
  • Dinosaur Neovenator salerii
  • Period Cretaceous
  • Found at north-west of Grange Chine, Isle of Wight
  • Found in the mid 1970s
  • Excavated by Keith Simmonds (collector) and Steve Hutt (Museum of Isle of Wight Geology)
  • Made of stone
  • Accession number MIWG.6348.C.2

Facts

  • The vertebra is on display with a reconstruction of the full size animal at Dinosaur Isle.

Did you know?

So far Neovenator has only been found on the Isle of Wight.

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Dinosaur vertebra
Dinosaur vertebra

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