Come Walking With Dinosaurs on The Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight’s profile has just been given a mammoth boost.Already widely recognised as the best place in Europe to follow in thefootsteps of Dinosaurs or go fossil hunting along its sandy beaches, The Isle of Wight has now been named by The Natural History Museum in London as the“Dinosaur Capital of Britain”.Launching a new map of Dinosaur finds identifying “hotspots” where themonster reptiles roamed, the Museum has highlighted once again how theIsland was once infested by Dinosaurs five times longer than London buses, aswell as predators with five-inch claws.More than 100 species of Dinosaur have been found across the whole of theBritish Isles - from 54-tonne Suropods, to tiny Echinodons which were nobigger than a cat.Produced to promote
Primeval: New World
, a spin-off to ITV’s series aboutDinosaur hunters, the new map nevertheless clearly identifies the rock onwhat is now the Isle of Wight as the Dinosaur Capital of Britain.As well as having yielded the neck bone of a Sauropod, a mighty beast whichwould have been more than 20 meters in length, the Island was also home toEurope’s deadliest predator, a giant saw-toothed Neovenator. Discovered bypalaeontologists in 1978, this little monster would have been 8 meters inlength - with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, and five inch claws.After checking Dinosaur finds dating back 330 years on the Island, boffinsfrom the Natural History Museum, says it was teeming with killer reptiles. These days, The Isle of Wight is a peaceful, picturesque south coast resortchosen by Queen Victoria has the place for her own holiday home, at Osborne.But 125 million years ago, it was home for a terrifying range of predators andother huge beasts. The number of fossils found there according to the NaturalHistory Museum beats even the famous 'Jurassic Coast' in Dorset for fossilfinds more than 125 million years old.Visitors wanting to get up-close-and-personal with Dinosaurs on the Islandtoday have various options, all of which are outlined on a special section of theVisit Isle of Wight website. From the first Dinosaur Visit Attraction andMuseum through to “The Fossil Man”, you’ll find full details athttp://www.islandbreaks.co.uk/attractions/dinosaurs.