149 dinosaur bones found in the rocks of Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight.


Fossil remains of a plant-eating dinosaur that roamed the land around 125 million years ago have been discovered on England’s Isle of Wight, in what scientists believe is the most complete new specimen to be found in Britain in a century.

Weighing in at about 900 kilograms (1,990 pounds), the herbivore was likely a herder, equivalent to a large male American bison, University of Portsmouth PhD student Jeremy Lockwood said in a statement.

The 149-bone dinosaur was found in 2013 by fossil collector Nick Chase in the rocks of Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.

It was named “Comptonatus chasei” in tribute to Chase.

“Nick had an extraordinary nose for finding dinosaur bones … this is a truly remarkable find,” Lockwood said.

“This helps us understand more about the different types of dinosaurs that lived in England in the Early Cretaceous,” said Lockwood, who is also lead author of a new paper published in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology.

The remains of a meat-eating dinosaur belonging to an ancient predator larger than anything known from across Europe were discovered on the island in 2022. It was also from the Cretaceous period.

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