|A huge new dinosaur skeleton has been unveiled to the media at the Natural History Museum in London
|1983: Flesh-eating dinosaur resurrected
A huge new dinosaur skeleton has been unveiled to the media at the Natural History Museum in London.
Plumber and amateur fossil hunter Bill Walker, 55, found a foot-long claw belonging to the flesh-eating beast at a clay pit in Surrey in January.
When he found the rock containing thetalonhe tapped it and the whole thing cracked.
Palaeontologists reconstructed it and dated the remains at 125 million years old, describing them as the find of the century.
The scientists had to wait for the clay to dry out before they completed a two-week excavation in May when they filled three vans with bones.
Group leader and head of the Dinosaur Department at the Natural History Museum Dr Alan Charig explained: "It is a totally new species of dinosaur. Even more important, this is the first record of any meat-eating dinosaur being found in rock this age anywhere in the world."
He told a press conference at the museum the creature would have been about 15 feet tall - the same as a double-decker bus. It would have weighed half as much as an elephant, at about two tons, and could have run up to 20 miles an hour - faster than Sebastian Coe.
Nicknamed Claws, the dinosaur would have been slightly smaller than the Tyrannosaurus Rex - with teeth like steak knives - and was probably a sub-species of the Megalosaurus.
Mr Charig said the quarry where Mr Walker made the find was a well-known source of fossils and he had excavated an iguanodon skeleton there only last year.
But the experts are keeping the precise location of the site - known to be near Gatwick Airport - secret to keep away souvenir hunters.
The South Kensington museum hopes to have part of the skeleton on display for the public by the end of the year.