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New species of dinosaur that lived 125 million years ago discovered in England

New species of dinosaur that lived 125 million years ago discovered in England

A new species of dinosaur has been identified in England.

The bones of Comptonatus chasei, a herbivore that lived 125 million years ago during the Cretaceous period, were first found on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England in the cliffs of Compton Bay in 2013, but the dinosaur has not yet been identified.

The skeleton – which contains 149 bones in total – is believed to be the most complete dinosaur found in the UK in the past 100 years.

Comptonatus chasei is named after the late fossil hunter Nick Chase, who discovered the bones.

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Artist John Sebeck’s illustration shows Comptonatus chasei, a new species of plant-eating dinosaur whose fossils were found on the Isle of Wight in England. (John Sibbick/Reuters)

“Nick had a fantastic sense of smell for finding dinosaur bones… and this is a really great find,” Jeremy Lockwood, a PhD student at the University of Portsmouth who took part in the excavation, said in a statement.

“This helps us understand more about the different types of dinosaurs that lived in England in the Early Cretaceous,” he added.

Comptonatus chasei, part of a group of dinosaurs called iguanodontians, weighed about 2,000 pounds, about the weight of a large male American bison, Lockwood said.

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Just two years ago, Europe’s largest carnivorous dinosaur was discovered on the Isle of Wight.

“The size of the specimen is impressive,” said Chris Parker, a PhD student in palaeontology at the University of Southampton. “It is one of the largest land predators ever to attack Europe, and probably the largest ever.”

Isle of Wight in England

The bones were found on the Isle of Wight on the south coast of England. (De Agostini/Getty Images)

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The dinosaur, which also lived during the Cretaceous period, was part of a group called Spinosaurus.

Reuters contributed to this report.