Engineers connected nan Isle of Wight had a astonishment this week aft stumbling crossed well-preserved dinosaur footprints.
The prints were discovered by mishap successful Yaverland during excavation activity to boost oversea defences.
The three-toed tracks are believed to beryllium to a 125million-year-old animal called a mantellisaurus, which was an awesome 23ft agelong (seven metres), according to experts from nan Dinosaur Isle depository successful Sandown.
'A afloat grown mantellisaurus would person been almost doubly nan magnitude of an mean car, marching a slow thunder pinch immense strides that person intelligibly near their people connected time,' said Dr Martin Munt, curator of nan museum.
Engineers connected nan Isle of Wight stumbled crossed well-preserved dinosaur footprints
The three-toed tracks are believed to beryllium to a 125million-year-old animal called a mantellisaurus (artist's impression)
Engineers astatine nan Environment Agency made nan find adjacent nan beachside cafe successful Yaverland.
Fossils are often recovered connected nan Isle of Wight.
It is believed nan mantellisaurus weighed 1,653lb (750kg) and walked astir connected its hind legs.
'We cannot beryllium wholly judge astir a print's identity, but nan three-toed feet makes it apt a mantellisaurus was here, not conscionable successful different parts of nan South Coast wherever they were much communal - aliases that's what we thought until now,' Dr Munt said.
The engineers who uncovered nan footprints were connected tract to activity up plans to amended flood defences for much than 600 properties successful Shanklin and Yaverland.
Nick Gray, nan Environment Agency's flood and coastal-risk head for nan Solent and South Downs area, said: 'Dinosaurs existing correct wherever our squad is moving brings aged and caller together - nan modern challenges of combating ambiance alteration pinch a play of clip we tin only imagine.
'We've each publication nan stories and seen nan films, but this gives america conscionable a hint of what life was like.'
The engineers who uncovered nan footprints were connected tract to amended flood defences for much than 600 properties successful Shanklin and Yaverland
Experts dream nan uncovering will cement nan Isle of Wight arsenic Britain's dinosaur capital.
Stuart Noon, practice leader for oversea defences contractor JBA consulting, added: 'This represents a hugely important and important find for nan project, arsenic uncovering nan caller footprints makes it clear that nan onshore connected which nan dinosaurs walked is apt to agelong nan full magnitude of Yaverland beach.
'The latest seizure cements nan Isle of Wight arsenic Britain's dinosaur capital.'
The find comes soon aft nan remains of what whitethorn beryllium nan largest predatory dinosaur ever recovered successful Europe were unearthed connected nan Isle of Wight.
Paleontologists opportunity nan immense crocodile-faced dinosaur – which astatine 32.8ft (ten metres) agelong almost arsenic large arsenic a London Bus – lived 125million years agone and would person weighed respective tons.
The 'giant killer' was a personnel of the spinosaurids, nan first dinosaurs known to swim, truthful whitethorn person been capable to hunt successful nan h2o arsenic good arsenic connected land.
It would person lived astatine nan opening of a play of rising oversea levels and would person stalked lagoons and sandflats successful hunt of food.
HOW THE DINOSAURS BECAME EXTINCT AROUND 66MILLION YEARS AGO
Dinosaurs ruled nan Earth astir 66million years ago, but abruptly vanished successful what is known arsenic nan Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction.
It was believed for galore years that nan changing ambiance destroyed nan nutrient concatenation of nan immense reptiles.
However, successful nan 1980s paleontologists discovered a furniture of iridium - an constituent that is uncommon connected Earth but recovered successful immense quantities successful space.
When this was dated, it coincided precisely pinch erstwhile nan dinosaurs vanished from nan fossil record.
A decade later, scientists uncovered the monolithic Chicxulub Crater astatine nan extremity of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, which dates to nan play successful question.
Scientific statement now says that these 2 factors are linked and they were some astir apt caused by an tremendous asteroid crashing to Earth.
With nan projected size and effect velocity, nan collision would person caused an tremendous daze activity and is apt to person triggered seismic activity.
The fallout would person created plumes of ash thought to person covered nan full planet, making it intolerable for dinosaurs to survive.
Other animals and works type had a shorter time-span betwixt generations which allowed them to survive.
There are respective different theories arsenic to what caused nan demise of nan dinos.
One early mentation was that mini mammals ate dinosaur eggs and different proposes that toxic angiosperms (flowering plants) killed them off.