Hundreds of Enormous Footprints Left by Dinosaurs Found Along a Lagoon in Scotland


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    This is an artist's impression of sauropod dinosaurs on the Isle of Skye.

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    Credit: Credit: Steve Brusatte

    Tracks were made by sauropod dinosaurs on the Isle of Skye 170 million years ago.

UK researchers stumbled across several hundred dinosaur footprints in a coastal lagoon on the Isle of Skye, which they dated to the Middle Jurassic, 170 million years ago, a period that still remains pretty cloudy for paleontologists. The researchers, which include Stephen Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh, UK and his colleague Tom Challands, surmise that the footprints were left by sauropods, enormous primitive cousins of the more famous Brontosaurus and Diplodocus. The largest of the footprints measure around 70 centimetres across, larger than those that would have been left by T. Rex. This find is the largest dinosaur site found in Scotland to date. The researchers report their findings in the Scottish Journal of Geology.

As reported in New Scientist on December 1. 2015.

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