Two new dinosaur species discovered on the Isle of Wight 英國懷特島發現兩個新的恐龍物種

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考古學家發現了兩個新的恐龍物種,它們可能在1.25億年前在英格蘭南部遊蕩。這個發現為瞭解這些捕食者提供了新的認知。

They would have been a terrifying sight, roaming the Earth 125 million years ago. Both were nine metres long with skulls similar to a crocodile’s, but with a series of low horns and bumps.

這兩種恐龍在1.25億年前漫遊地球想必是很可怕的景象。兩種恐龍都有九米長,頭骨似鱷魚,但長有一系列低矮的角和隆起部分。

One has been called a 『hell heron』, as scientists believe its hunting style would have been a fearsome version of the modern-day birds.

其中一種恐龍被稱作 「地獄蒼鷺」 ,因為科學家認為它的捕食方式很像現代的鷺科鳥類,但要更兇猛可怕。

Bones from the heads and the tails were discovered on a beach near Brighstone over a period of a few years, and experts say the discovery of the two animals so close together was a huge surprise.

在幾年的時間裡,人們在懷特島布賴斯頓附近的一片沙灘上陸續發現了它們的頭骨和尾骨,專家指出,兩個物種的發現地如此接近,是一個巨大的驚喜。

詞彙表

terrifying 可怕的
skulls 頭骨,顱骨
horns (動物的)角
heron 鷺,蒼鷺
hunting 捕獵,捕食
fearsome 嚇人的

閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題。

1. When were these two new species thought to have existed?

2. How big were the animals?

3. Why has one been called a 『hell heron’?

4. What parts of the animals were excavated?

答案  

1. When were these two new species thought to have existed?
These two species of dinosaur would have roamed the Earth 125 million years ago.

2. How big were the animals?
Both were nine metres long.

3. Why has one been called a 『hell heron’?
One has been called a 『hell heron’, as scientists believe its hunting style would have been a fearsome version of the modern-day birds.

4. What parts of the animals were excavated?
Bones from the heads and the tails were discovered.