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A DINOSAUR expert from the University of Portsmouth is taking part in the launch of a dinosaur app for smartphones and tablets.

Palaeontologist Dr Steve Sweetman will be accompanying journalists around the Isle of Wight, known as Dinosaur Island, on the launch day of a new dinosaur experience.

A Dinosaur Island Trail will use new technology to give visitors the chance to see themselves standing alongside dinosaurs in the place they were discovered.

The app, which launches on Friday, will be available to download from anywhere in the world, but will only come to life at six coastal locations on the Isle of Wight.

Multimedia company Appshaker, who have worked with National Geographic, have developed it.

Dr Sweetman said: ‘I am thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project.

‘As a resident of the Island I do a lot of my work here, and have found many new species on the Island.

‘To be able to share my knowledge of the dinosaurs and other creatures that lived here millions of years ago is always very rewarding.’