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Weight2000 kg
Length7.4 meters
Height2.5 meters

Neovenator was a genus of allosauroid dinosaur that lived during the Barremian stage (Early Cretaceous). It was a large-bodied theropod dinosaur. It was one of the best known large carnivorous dinosaurs in Europe since its discovery on the Isle of Wight, UK. The name means "New Hunter". In 1966, Steve Hutt, Martill and Barker described it as the only known allosaur in Europe. Since it was unearthed, it has given its name to a new group of dinosaurs called Neovenatoridae, close to the North American dinosaur Allosaurus.

Despite its large size, the bones of the Neovenator indicate that it was of a slender and graceful build. It walked on its long hind legs. It had three toes on each foot and three digits on each hand. Its nostril was twice as long as it was tall, and the praemaxilla on the snout has five teeth. Its body was held in balance by a long tail. Above the Neovenator's eyes were extensions of horns on the skull, and its mouth was full of teeth serrated like a blade. Its rear neck vertebrae were fused with its ribs. It was a fast runner suggesting a predatory lifestyle more suited to faster prey.

The Neovenator was approximately 7.6 meters long, had a graceful build, and weighed 1,000 to 2,000 kilograms.

What does "neovenator" mean?

The name Neovenator means "New Hunter".

When does the neovenator live?

Neovenator was a genus of allosauroid dinosaur that lived during the Barremian stage (Early Cretaceous).

What does the neovenator eat?

Neovenator was a carnivorous dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of England.

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Fun Facts

  • The name Neovenator means "New Hunter".
  • The Neovenator was a carnivorous dinosaur.
  • The Neovenator indicates that he was of slender and graceful build. 
  • It was a fast runner suggesting a predatory lifestyle more suited to faster prey.


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