Dinosaur remains from 132 MILLION years ago found in Ewhurst factory

The remains of an Iguanodon dinosaur were found at the Wienerberger factory in Ewhurst

An iguanodon would have stood at 10 metres tall with a weight of 4.5 tonnes - the equivalent of an African elephant.

The Fossils Galore centre has named the dinosaur Indie and she is now on display for the public to view.

Here is a model of what an Iguanodon would have looked like

A team of experts will be on hand to answer questions about Indie's life while continuing to uncover more of the skeleton.

Jamie Jordan, owner of Fossils Galore, said: “The extraction process wasn’t easy.

"Indie was hidden inside huge compacted clay blocks and was on a slope, making the process difficult at times.

"However, due to the hard work of the Fossils Galore volunteers, we were able to extract and transport the remains to our preparation lab where we continue to work on her today.

“We’ve created a fish bowl lab – a first in the UK – so that people can come and watch as we dust and analyse the findings, as well as asking the experts all about Indie and how she would have lived.

"Fossils Galore also has a display of living fossil plants in the back area so people can see the sort of things Indie would have eaten.

Two palaeontologists were thrilled to discover the remains of a dinosaur from 132 million years ago during a visit to a factory in Ewhurst. (Image: Wienerberger)

"We’re truly excited about what these findings can tell us about our history.

"We’re thankful to the Wienerberger team for all the support they’ve given to us throughout this project.”

Wienerberger, which provides wall, roof and landscaping innovations was alerted of the discovery in February.

The excavation process took four weeks while volunteers helped to extract the blocks and transport them back to the Fossils Galore centre in Cambridgeshire.

The bones were confirmed to be from a type of herbivore which lived during the Cretaceous period.

Part of the Iguanodon remains that were found in February (Image: Wienerberger)
Stephanie Palmer, sustainability manager at Wienerberger, said: “A discovery such as this is extremely exciting for everyone involved.

"Not only does it provide a fantastic insight into the world that came before us but it’s also a terrific opportunity for palaeontologists and the scientific community.

"Finding a skeleton like Indie could shed more light onto the creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago and progress the studies into the prehistoric world.

"The Wienerberger team is committed to preserving our heritage, so was more than happy to support with this exceptional find.”


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