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Eotyrannus
A New Tyrannosaur Found in Britain
May 10, 2001

Eotyrannus (meaning "dawn tyrant" or "early tyrant"), an early relative of T. rex, was recently found on the Isle of Wight. Eotyrannus was a meat-eating dinosaur that was about 15 ft (4.5 m) long. This theropod (bipedal meat-eater) lived during the middle Cretaceous period, about 120 to 125 million years ago.

A 40-percent complete fossil was found in 1997 on the Isle of Wight, off the coast of Great Britain. The type species is Eotyrannus lengi (named to honor Gavin Leng, who found its fossil on the Isle of Wight). Eotyrannus was found by a team headed by Darren Naish (University of Portsmouth).

Other Fossils Found on the Isle of Wight
Aristosuchus, Eotyrannus, Hypsilophodon, Ornatotholus, Vectisaurus, Yaverlandia

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The meat-eating dinosaurs, the theropods, and dinosaur diets.

Creatures and climate of the Cretaceous period.

Other fossils found in Britain and Europe.

A chart of geological time.




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