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Neovenator ("new hunter") is an extinct genus of carcharodontosaurian theropod. 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.

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Neovenator estimated current size; listed with an uncertain maximal size estimation

It measured approximately 7.5 meters in length, and had a gracile build. It lived during the Barremian stage (Early Cretaceous).[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Discovery and species[]

Neovenator by cisiopurple

Neovenator reconstruction. Credit: cisiopurple

[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.[7][8][9][10]

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Neovenator skeletal reconstruction. Credits: alternateprehistory

At the time that it was described, by Steve Hutt, Martill and Barker in 1996, it was considered the only known allosaurid in Europe.[11][12]

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.[13][14]

It had a complex skull canal; anatomy and facial sensivity system.[15][16]



Neovenator insieme. Credit: Fabrizio-lavezzi

Neovenator existed throughout isle of wight; England as well as additional parts of France. This theropod had to co exist and presumably compete with a lot of other; even larger Theropods such as Baryonyx, Riparovenator, Ceratosuchops and perhaps even The '' White Rock Spinosaur '' or Vectispinus itself ! The common prey items in its habitat were the ornithopods and iguanadontids.

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