The dinosaur tail unearthed on the Isle of Wight belonged to an iguanodon
The dinosaur tail unearthed at the base of a ruined cliff on the Isle of Wight belonged to an iguanodon that lived 125 MILLION years ago
- Pippa Fairweather, 45, discovered the fossils on a cliff near Brighstone
- The cliff on the Isle of Wight is falling apart and is too dangerous for excavations.
- It is believed that the vertebrae belong to an iguanadon of 125 million years.
A fossilized tail of a dinosaur was discovered that toured the world 125 million years ago at the bottom of a ruined cliff on the Isle of Wight.
The fossilized remains of the dinosaur, which is believed to be an iguanodon, were found embedded at the base of a cliff near Brighstone.
But excavations and attempts to save the tail for a detailed analysis are being thwarted, due to the security risks posed by the collapsed cliff.
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The fossilized remains of the dinosaur, which is believed to be an iguanodon, were found embedded in the base of a cliff near Brighstone
Pippa Fairweather, 45, discovered the fossil on a cliff near Brighstone on the Isle of Wight, describing the finding as “quite impressive.”
It is believed that about six vertebrae were discovered, and Isle of Wight Radio He reports that the dinosaur died and was exposed to the elements for several months before being buried by a large flash flood.
The iguanodones were herbivores that measured up to 30 feet (10 meters) tall and weighed more than four tons (4,000 kg).
Pippa Fairweather, 45, discovered the fossils on a cliff near Brighstone on the Isle of Wight, describing the finding as “quite impressive.”
The Iguanodon (artist’s impression) toured the world 125 million years ago during the Cretaceous period and measured up to 30 feet (10 meters) tall and ate plants. Herbivores also weighed more than four tons (4,000 kg)
Ms. Fairweather, who is freshwater on the island and runs an online retail store, said she is between Brighstone’s Grange Farm and the Isle of Wight Pearl.
Oliver Mattsson, an expert from the Dinosaur Farm near the discovery on the Isle of Wight, said: ‘Full skeletons of the iguanodon have been found but we don’t know how much of it is there, because it is inaccessible because the security risk is too great .
Given the cliff as it is and the rain we have been having, it is not safe to approach it.
“The iguanodon is the most common type found, since the dinosaur has been found on every continent.”
Ms. Fairweather, who is from Freshwater on the island and runs an online retail store, said she is between Brighstone’s Grange Farm and the Isle of Wight Pearl.
She adds: “But it is on a very hung cliff that seems to constantly crumble, so people must be very careful.”
Experts also urge the locals not to try to extract the fossil because of the risk of damaging it or putting them in danger.
WHAT IS A DINOSAUR IGUANODON?
Iguanodon is a genus of herbivorous dinosaurs that could grow to the size of an African elephant and run at 14 mph (23 kmh).
They walked the earth about 132 million years ago, during the Lower Cretaceous period.
They grew to about 10 feet (three meters) high, 30 feet (10 meters) long and weighed 4.5 tons.
Different species flourished both in Europe and in North America.
They would have been prey to one of England’s largest predators, Baryonyx, a relative of Spinosaurus.
These large dinosaurs could walk with both legs or all four.
They had a highly specialized five-finger hand that would have made them excellent pickers.
The tip of the thumb is one of its best known features.
It would have been an excellent stiletto style weapon against predators and could also have been used to break into fruit.
It is believed that they kept their long and heavy tail in the air to maintain balance.
The genus was named in 1825 by the English geologist Gideon Mantell.