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Dinosaur News: Exquisitely preserved dinosaur embryo discovered in China

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  • Scientists have identified a dinosaur that roamed 12.5 million years ago
  • The fossil of this dinosaur was found in 2004 on the Isle of Wight island of Britain.
  • This dinosaur is being said to be an ancient relative of Velociraptor.

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Scientists in Britain have identified a dinosaur that roamed 12.5 million years ago. The fossil of this dinosaur was found in 2004 on the Isle of Wight, UK. After the research on which scientists have now traced the structure of this dinosaur. He told that the length of this dinosaur was about 10 feet. Its teeth were sharp like a saw and its tail was raised like that of a chicken. This dinosaur is said to be an ancient relative of Velociraptor.

This dinosaur fossil was discovered by Mike Green in Compton Bay on the southern coast of the Isle of Wight. Scientists have named this dinosaur ‘Vectiraptor greenee’ in his honor. Paleontologists from the University of Bath and Portsmouth, who studied this discovery, said that this creature used to be about 10 feet long. It was the longest among the Velociraptor species.

Used to hunt with sharp claws and sharp teeth
The team believes that the winged Vectiraptor greeni used brute force to stun its prey. This creature used sharp teeth and sharp claws to kill its prey. Because of this, in his time he used to be a ruthless hunter. He told that this dinosaur was present on the earth during the Early Cretaceous 12.5 million years ago. At that time the Isle of Wight was a forest.

Palaeontologist and evolutionary biologist Nicholas Longrich of the University of Bath and his colleagues reported that it was a large and very heavy creature. Its bones used to be very thick and huge. It apparently did not hunt small animals, but killed and ate animals larger than itself. This means that it was not the largest of the dinosaurs, yet it posed a threat to smaller ones and other large herbivorous dinosaurs.

This dinosaur was able to climb trees
Given its strong limbs and claws, it is possible that Vectiraptor was able to climb greeny trees as well. It also used its massive body to kill other animals. The top predatory dinosaurs during the Cretaceous era included the allosaur Neovenator, the Baryonyx-like spinosaurs, and the tyrannosaurs named Eotyranus, the researchers reported.

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