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Temporal range: Late Aptian, ~116 Ma
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Clade: Theropoda
Clade: Tetanurae
Family: incertae sedis
Genus: Vectaerovenator
Barker et al., 2020
V. inopinatus
Binomial name
Vectaerovenator inopinatus
Barker et al., 2020

Vectaerovenator (meaning "Isle of Wight air-filled hunter"[1] due to the pneumaticity of the vertebrae) is a genus of tetanuran theropod from the Early Cretaceous period of what is now England (Lower Greensand Group; Ferruginous Sands). It contains one species, Vectaerovenator inopinatus; its holotype, consisting of the specimens IWCMS 2020.400, 2020.407, and 2019.84, comprises two anterior dorsal vertebrae, a cervical vertebra and a mid‐caudal vertebra from the late Aptian Ferruginous Sands of the Isle of Wight in southern England, discovered in 2019.[2][3] Comparative anatomical analysis shows that this taxon shares homoplastic features with megalosauroids, carcharodontosaurs, and some coelurosaurs, and cannot be reliably placed beyond Tetanurae incertae sedis, but has enough autapomorphies that it can be considered a valid genus.[4] It would have been around 4 metres (13 ft) long when fully grown.[2][5]


  1. ^ Naish, D. (2020). "Introducing 'Unexpected Isle of Wight Air-Filled Hunter', a New English Theropod Dinosaur". Tetrapod Zoology. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "New dinosaur related to T. rex". BBC. 11 August 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  3. ^ Barker, Chris; Naish, Darren; Clarkin, Claire; Hullman, Gabriel; Schneider, Philipp; Gostling, Neil; Farrell, Paul; Ward, Robin; Lockyer, James (2020). "Dryad Data -- Data from: A highly pneumatic 'mid Cretaceous' theropod from the British Lower Greensand". Dryad. doi:10.5061/dryad.8cz8w9gmj. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Barker, C.T.; Naish, D.; Clarkin, C.E.; Farrell, P.; Hullmann, G.; Lockyer, J.; Schneider, P.; Ward, R.K.C.; Gostling, N.J. (2020). "A highly pneumatic middle Cretaceous theropod from the British Lower Greensand". Papers in Palaeontology. 6 (4): 661–679. doi:10.1002/spp2.1338.
  5. ^ "New dinosaur related to T. rex". University of Southampton. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 12 August 2020.