Vectipelta barretti had a cool feature—it had a blade-like spiked protective cover!
But don’t worry, it was a plant-eating dinosaur. Researchers from the U.K.’s Natural History Museum studied these fossils. More details are published here. They found that this dinosaur is the first of its kind found on the Isle of Wight in 142 years. So far 29 other species have been found on this island.
Vectipelta barretti had different types of bones in its neck, back, and pelvis. Its armor plates had more spikes than another dinosaur called Polacanthus foxii.
This discovery helps us learn more about the different types of dinosaurs. It’s like putting together a puzzle of the past!
Scientists think that Vectipelta barretti might be related to dinosaurs found in China. Imagine how dinosaurs moved to Europe from Asia millions of years ago.
But wait, there’s more! What made the dinosaurs disappear? Some scientists think an asteroid hitting the Earth caused it. While, others think volcanic eruptions and climate changes played a part. We will find more as we discover new fossils and hidden clues.
Now, the fossils of Vectipelta barretti will be kept in the dinosaur museum on the Isle of Wight. If you visit the museum this summer, you’ll see some parts of this incredible dinosaur on display!
The dinosaur is named after a scientist called Professor Paul Barrett from the Natural History Museum in London. He is happy and feels honored by this special recognition.
Keep exploring, future dinosaur experts!