The Isle of Wight has been named the dinosaur capital of Britain following the publication of a new study, reports telegraph.co.uk.
Dr Paul Barrett from the Natural History Museum has compiled a Dinosaur Map of Britain that shows the island has more fossils than even the ‘Jurassic Coast’ in Dorset.
Isle of Wight hotels may see an increase in bookings from history enthusiasts planning a trip to an island that once hosted the deadliest predators on the continent.
Over 125 million years ago, the island was home to the Neovenator, a predator that was 20-foot long with two-inch teeth and five-inch claws.
According to uk.news.yahoo.com, the Sauropod also made its home on the Isle of Wight; this was a dinosaur that weighed more than 20 elephants and was five times longer than a double-decker bus.
Dr Barrett’s study looked at the past 336 years and discovered that over 100 species of dinosaur used to live in the UK. He 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.”