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Dinosaur with uniquely ‘bulbous’ nose discovered on the Isle of Wight during lockdown | UK News

A retired physician who spent lockdown rummaging by containers of outdated bones has discovered a brand new species of dinosaur with a uniquely “bulbous” nose.

Jeremy Lockwood, who’s finding out for a PhD at the University of Portsmouth, set himself the activity of cataloguing each iguanodon bone discovered on the Isle of Wight.

The 64-year-old former GP from Chale, on the Isle of Wight, sorted the bones from collections of the Natural History Museum in London and the Dinosaur Isle Museum.

Dr Jeremy Lockwood at Compton Bay, on the Isle of Wight
Dr Jeremy Lockwood at Compton Bay, on the Isle of Wight

It was during this course of he discovered the unusually massive nasal bone, which had been in storage since 1978.

Dr Lockwood, who research in the college of surroundings, geography and geoscience, stated the discovery made “one of the happiest days of lockdown as a result of it was an indication there actually was one thing totally different about this explicit dinosaur from the Isle of Wight”.


He had been decided to show the two most typical dinosaurs on the Isle of Wight – know as the “cattle of the Cretaceous” – weren’t alone roaming the island.

He added: “For over 100 years, we might solely seen two sorts of dinosaur on the Isle of Wight – the plant-eating Iguanodon bernissartensis and Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis.

“I used to be satisfied that refined variations between bones would reveal a brand new species, so I got down to measure, {photograph} and examine the anatomy of every bone

It proves the two known dinosaurs that roamed the island were not alone
It proves the two identified dinosaurs that roamed the island weren’t alone

“My background is medication, so I’ve studied anatomy and was at all times struck by the incontrovertible fact that the bones we discover in people all look precisely the similar.


“I’ve seen dinosaur bones which might be reportedly from the similar species, however I’ve been baffled as to why they’d look so totally different.

“Last yr during lockdown, after 4 years of going by containers and containers of bones, I made a decision to reconstruct the cranium of a specimen, which had been in storage since 1978, and to my astonishment, I observed the finish of its nose was bulbous.”

Working with Professor Dave Martill, from the University of Portsmouth, and Dr Susannah Maidment, from the Natural History Museum, Dr Lockwood has named the discovery “Brighstoneus simmondsi” in honour of the village near the excavation web site – Brighstone.

The latter half of the title is in tribute to Keith Simmonds, an novice collector who was concerned in first discovering and excavating the specimen.


Issi saaneq skulls and 3D models after the CT-scan. Pic: Victor Beccari
It follows a discovery two days in the past of the first dinosaur that lived on Greenland. Pic: Victor Beccari

It comes three days after scientists discovered the first species of dinosaur that lived on Greenland 214 million years in the past – and named it “Cold Bone”.

And in September, two new species of dinosaur have been discovered on the Isle of Wight.

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