(Washington) Due to lack of water, some 113-million-year-old dinosaur footprints have come to light in a dry riverbed, a local scientist said on Tuesday, the manager of a park in Texas, USA.
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These deep traces were previously buried, filled with sediment and covered with water – which helped in their preservation.
“Due to extremely dry conditions this summer, the river has completely dried up in most places, which has exposed new tracks in the park,” said Stephanie Salinas Garcia of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Their discovery delighted staff at the park, located near Dallas and nicknamed “Dinosaur Valley” because of the many dinosaur tracks in its enclosure.
According to the caption of these impressive pictures posted by the park on social networks, this may be one of the longest dinosaur footprints in the world. We look forward to volunteers helping to clean them up to better distinguish them.
“Most of the tracks that were recently discovered in different parts of the river in the park were left by Acrocanthosaurus,” said Stephanie Salinas Garcia. As an adult, this theropod measured five meters and weighed seven tons.
Sauroposidon is another type of dinosaur
“Dinosaur tracks in the park date back 113 million years,” said Stephanie Salinas Garcia.
The park opened in 1972 to preserve these ancient traces, according to its website.
But the curious won’t be able to admire these new prehistoric footprints for long, because with the arrival of the rains they will be covered with water again.