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A new dinosaur relative to the velociraptor found in the UK | Digital Trends Spanish


A group of paleontologists from the United Kingdom discovered a new species of dromaeosaurid, a family to which the famous velociraptor belongs. The species was baptized as Vectiraptor greeni in honor of amateur peleontologist Mick Green, who discovered the fossil in 2004 on the Isle of Wight.

It took several years for paleontologists to pay attention to the fossil discovered by Green. The opportunity came in 2012, when Megan Jacobs from the University of Portsmouth and Nick Longrich from the University of Bath had a beer with Green and recounted their find.

The details of the Vectiraptor greeni were published in an article dated December 17, 2021 in the journal Cretaceus Research. In the article, experts from the Universities of Porthsmouth and Bath say that the Vectiraptor greeni It was a reptile the size of a wolf, approximately three meters long from its nose to the tip of its tail, and like the famous velociraptor, it used claws on its legs to capture its prey.

“It was a big and heavy animal,” says paleontologist Nick Longrich in a note. published on the Eureka Alert portal. “He had massive bones and clearly did not hunt small prey, but other animals as big or bigger than himself,” he adds.

Vectiraptor greeni, a new species of dinosaur found in the United Kingdom

According to experts, Vectiraptor greeni It had the appearance of a bird and lived in the Early Cretaceous, about 125 million years ago.

His find is also notable for being the first large dromaeosaurid found in the United Kingdom. “There is an extraordinary diversity of Cretaceous dinosaurs in England, so it is incredible after a century of studies that we continue to find new species,” Longrich points out.

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