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Footprints dating back 200 million years have been discovered

Footprints dating back 200 million years have been discovered

A team of scientists in the United Kingdom has unearthed a series of footprints, each about 50 centimeters long, off the Penarth coast of Wales in 2020: tracks left by dinosaurs for about 200 million years.

The results of the study were released on December 29th Journal of Geography, Sample sent with the contribution of Paul Barrett, an archaeologist at the Museum of Natural History in London.

The first traces were found in an area of ‚Äč‚Äčabout 500 m in coastal soil. Impressions are gained in a fluid, global, diffused way, with the exception of rock formations.

“These types of footprints are not particularly common around the world, so we hope this is an interesting addition to our knowledge of Triassic life in the UK,” Barrett said in a statement.

Researchers say they can not say what kind of dinosaur left the tracks, but they suspect the bipedal saropodomorph, a long-necked plant dinosaur known to be one of the largest dinosaurs ever to roam the planet.

“We know that this type of dinosaur lived in Great Britain at the time because the bones of the charopod camellia were found in rocks of the same age in Somerset,” the scientist concludes.

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