Paleontologists at the University of Southampton are the lucky people to uncover new insight into the vast world of the dinosaurs. The huge creatures that had been roaming the Earth’s surface for millions of years now have a newly discovered relative thanks to a discovery from UK.
Four bones that were recently found on the Isle of Wight were all that the scientists needed in order to come with the astonishing conclusion: the Tyrannosaurus Rex had a relative that was a new species of a theropod dinosaur.
Meet the Vectaerovenator inopinatus
Vectaerovenator inopinatus is the name of the new species found, and it lived until 115 million years ago. The major dinosaur extinction occurred around 60 million years ago, which means that the new species had plenty of time available to adapt.
An official statement of the new study says:
The dinosaur lived in the Cretaceous period 115 million years ago and is estimated to have been up to four metres (13.1 feet) long,
Chris Barker, who is a doctoral student at the University of Southampton, expressed his astonishment about the structure of the new dinosaur:
We were struck by just how hollow this animal was – it’s riddled with air spaces,
Parts of its skeleton must have been rather delicate.
Non-bird dinosaurs lived during a period between 245 and 66 million years ago, and that time was known as the Mesozoic Era. This period lasted many millions of years before Homo sapiens, the first modern humans, even appeared. The Mesozoic Era is divided into three periods: the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. The Cretaceous period, for instance, lasted from 145 to 66 million years ago. As the physicist Max Tegmark once put it, the dinosaurs lived for millions of years without inventing the internet.
A paper on the study is awaited to be published in the journal Papers in Palaeontology.