A metre-long footprint left in stone by a carnivorous dinosaur 166 million years ago has been discovered in Yorkshire, England.
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A large creature is said to have crouched or rested as it leaves this trail, the largest found in this area is known as ‘Dinosaur Beach’.
“I couldn’t believe what I saw,” Mary Woods, the archaeologist who discovered it, said in a statement. I’ve seen small footprints before, but never anything like this.
Following this discovery, the stone fragment bearing the seal was extracted from its rock to preserve it.
According to geologist John Hudson, a footprint was discovered in the area in 2006, which he believed would have been left by a Megalosaurus-like specimen.
“The type of footprint, combined with its age, suggests it was made by a ferocious Megalosaur-type dinosaur,” he said. Its size ranges from the ground to the waist and can reach 2.5 to 3 meters.
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Ms. Woods, Mr. Hudson and three collaborators published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society.
Once the conservation process is complete, the print will be displayed at the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough, UK.
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