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New feathered ’tiny T-Rex’ dinosaur species discovered on Isle of Wight

A new dinosaur species related to the fearsome king of the prehistoric lizards, Tyrannosaurus Rex, has been discovered on the Isle of Wight.

The 4-metre-long terror is understood to have roamed the area some 115million years ago and had a thirst for flesh.

Dino hunters discovered four bones at Shanklin after being told there wouldn’t be anything to find there.

Three groups handed in their fossilised finds to the local dinosaur museum, which now believes all came from the same creature.

Dino hunter James Lockyer, from Spalding, Lincs, said: “I was searching a spot at Shanklin and had been told and read I wouldn’t find much there.

“However, I always make sure I search the areas others do not.”

Robin Ward, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was with his family when he made the incredible discovery.

He added: “I thought they were special and took them to Dinosaur Isle museum. They immediately knew these were something rare and asked if we could donate them to be researched.”

The bones were later identified to be a new species of theropod, a group that includes the T-Rex.

Chris Baker, a PhD student at Southampton University who led the research said: “We were just struck by how hollow this animal was.

“Parts of its skeleton must have been rather delicate.”

He added that little was known about European theropods of that ancient time period and that the body of the dino might have washed into the shallow sea.

It comes after scientists discovered a rare jawbone that might have belonged to “new dinosaur species”.

The experts believe the fossil points to the existence of a species that roamed around the Arctic.

A piece of jawbone has contradicted previous suggestions that the "dromaeosaurids" dispersed between continents and the Arctic was a "migratory pathway, researchers said.

Scientists now believe the findings of the 14mm-long fossil show that juvenile dromaeosaurids lived in the region all year round.

The creatures were closely related to birds, including the velociraptor during the Cretaceous period which is thought to be between 145 and 66 million years ago.

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