Dozens of dino footprints found on Isle of Skye in Scotland
Researchers have unearthed 50 new Jurassic-era dinosaur footprints on the Scottish coast.
ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND — Fantastically large beasts stomped around the Scottish coast millions of years ago, and very literally made their mark on Earth.
According to a study published in the Scottish Journal of Geology, researchers uncovered around 50 dinosaur tracks in a tidal area on Scotland's Isle of Skye.
The prints were made by carnivorous two-legged theropods — primitive cousins of the T-rex that were five to six meters long and weighed about a ton.
A set of tracks unearthed earlier in 2015 had belonged to sauropods, which were long-necked plant-eating dinosaurs related to the Brontosaurus.
Both sets of footprints date back 170 million years to the Middle Jurassic period. They were likely made in muddy, shallow water and washed over by sediments, which solidified and preserved them.
The Mid-Jurassic was a critical time for dino evolution, but fossil evidence from this time period is rare, making the footprint discovery a veritable treasure trove of information for scientists studying the era.
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