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Iguanodons weren't the only Herbivores found in these parts.
Armoured dinosaurs such as Polacanthus and Pachycephalosaurus Yaverlandia
have been found, aswell as Hypsilophodons, Valdosaurus, Eucamerotus.
Sauropods such as Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus, Pelorosaurus have been also been excavated.



IGUANODONS
The Isle of Wight is probably famous for the discovery of countless specimens of Iguanodon of two particular varieties: IGUANODON ATHERFIELDENSIS and IGUANODON BERNISSARTENSIS.

These terrible reptiles possessed extremely elaborate teeth that have been found all over the island. The size ranging from a few millemeters up to 4 inches plus!! They were probably the most proliffic dinosaur during the Cretaceous travelling in huge herds and almost certainly the main source of food for the formidable preditors such as Neovenator. Most dinosaur fossil remains found on the Isle of Wight feature isolated bones from an Iguanodon whether as a partial skeleton or with another dinosaur along side.(more)
There is also evidence of their vital food supply in the Pine Raft at Hanover, which is visible today.

POLACANTHUS
An Ankylosaur, armoured dinosaur. Very much like the Stegosaurus it had diamond like armour plating down it's spine and conical plating on it's sides and legs. It would have possessed some formidable spikes on it's tail to whack preditors away - painful but certainly effective.

HYPSILOPHODON
The smallest dinosaur found on the Isle of Wight.It is even marked on the Geological Survey as having it's very own layer at Atherfield. This dinosaur was probably quite skittish and certain agile enough to out manouvre a preditor and dash into the undergrowth. It probably grazed on small tree ferns and low growing ferns, bracken and mares tail. It may have had a particular fondness for beetles and other insects to munch on. Ultimately it could only avoid preditors that it saw and the evidence of bones at Atherfield would suggest it was more successful at avoiding preditors than the Iguanodon.

SAUROPODS
Exceptionally long lived dinosaurs with an almost indestructable asset- it's monstrous size. A distinct advantage over the pouncing dinosaurs like the Eotyrannous. Dinosaurs which hunted in packs obviously had an advantage over this giant but the fossil record shows that there has been few Sauropoda found on the Isle of Wight.