Neovenator

Neovenator salerii

  • Pronounced:  nee - o - Ven - uh - tore

  • Diet:  Carnivore (meat-eater)

  • Name Means:  "New Hunter "

  • Length:  20-33 ft. (6-10 meters)

  • Height:  7-10 ft. (2-3 meters)

  • Weight:  2 - 4 tons (1,800 to 3,600 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous - 127 million years ago

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Europe

Neovenator is the only member of the Allosaur family to have lived in what is now Europe. This was a large, fierce meat-eater. Although Neovenator resembled Allosaurus  it did not look exactly like its distant North American cousin. It was lighter and faster than Allosaurus  and it had bigger teeth! Neovenator was definitely the ruler of Early Cretaceous England.

First discovered in 1978, it was nearly 20 years before the fossil bones were finally removed from the ground. Scientists were pleased to find a new carnivore that was 70% complete. This dinosaur provides important information about the food chain in Cretaceous Europe.



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