Name Neovenator
Order Saurischia
Suborder Theropoda
Class Reptilia
Name Translation New Hunter
Period Early Cretaceous
Location Isle of Wight, UK
Diet Meat
Size 7.5 meters (24.5 feet)

Neovenator ("new hunter") is a genus of allosauroid dinosaur. Since its discovery on the Isle of Wight, UK, it has become one of the best-known large carnivorous dinosaurs in Europe. Neovenator was at first considered possibly a new species of Megalosaurus. It measured approximately 7.5 meters in length, and was of a gracile build. It lived during the Barremian stage (Early Cretaceous).


Discovery and species

[1][2] The first bones of the type species were discovered in 1978, in the chalk cliffs of southwest Isle of Wight. It was much later (1996) that more bones from this specimen were found. Excavations undertaken by Dr. Steve Hutt and his team have so far revealed approximately 70% of the skeleton.

At the time that it was described, by Steve Hutt, Martill and Barker in 1996, it was considered the only known allosaurid in Europe. However, further studies suggested it had more in common with the advanced carcharodontosaurid group of allosaurs, and several studies including a detailed examination of the species by Benson, Carrano and Brusatte in 2010 showed that it is in fact closely related to the Carcharodontosauridae (in a group called Carcharodontosauria), but is actually closer to the Megaraptorans, together with them forming the family Neovenatoridae.[1]


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