A new species of dinosaur has been discovered on the Isle of Wight, England after a retired doctor identified the animal’s “huge” nose. Jeremy Lockwood was searching the fossil chests when he found the dinosaur piece.
The 64-year-old said he was separating the collections from the London Museum of Natural History and the Dinosaur Island Museum when he made the discovery. to me Sky News
The man said the discovery became one of his “happiest days in confinement” after noticing bones stored since 1978.
“For more than 100 years, we’ve seen only two species of dinosaurs on the Isle of Wight – the plant-eating Iguanodon bernissartensis and Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis,” said Lockwood, a student of ecology, geography and earth sciences. “I was convinced that the nuances between the bones would reveal a new species, so I began measuring, photographing, and studying the anatomy of each bone.”
The mission was successful and the species Brightstoneus simmondsi was named after a village located near the excavation site, Brightstone. The second part of the name is a tribute to an amateur collector named Keith Simmonds, who was involved in the first discovery of this species.
“I’ve seen dinosaur bones that are supposed to be of the same species, but I was amazed by their different appearance,” he added.
Their discovery came just three days after researchers discovered the first types of dinosaurs that lived in Greenland 214 million years ago. Two other species were also reported to have been discovered on the Isle of Wight in September.
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