One Of The Biggest Dinosaur Footprints Discovered In Mongolia Desert

Posted: Oct 2 2016, 3:52am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 2 2016, 3:55am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


One of the Biggest Dinosaur Footprints Discovered in Mongolia Desert
Professor Shinobu Ishigaki poses next to a dinosaur footprint in the Gobi Desert. Credit: Okayama University of Science

The dinosaur footprint has been discovered in Gobi Desert and it likely belongs to a Titanosaur, a group of long-necked dinosuars

A huge dinosaur footprint measuring 42 inches long and 30 inches wide has been discovered in Gobi Desert and it is believed to be one of the biggest dinosaur footprints to found anywhere in the world.

Researchers believe that the giant footprint likely came from a Titanosaur, a diverse group of long-necked dinosaur, which could grow up to 30 meters long and 20 meters tall. They are considered some of the heaviest creatures to ever walk the Earth.

“This is a very rare discovery as it’s a well-preserved fossil footprint that is more than a meter long with imprints of its claws.”Okayama University of Science said in a press release

Titanosaurs were the largest plant-eating dinosaurs, which lived around 100 million years ago and disappeared during an extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous Period.

The newfound footprint was estimated to be formed between 70 million and 90 million years ago and was left by an individual Titanosaur stomping on what was used to be a muddy ground millions of years ago. The footprint dried up over the years and eventually brought to the surface as the sand moved from the place.

Dinosaur footprints have been uncovered in many parts of the world before and it is not the first time when a footprint has been discovered in the vast Gobi Desert too. The desert constitutes of Southern Mongolia and Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. Every year the winds and sandstorms scour off surface rocks and expose a new layer of fossil, meaning new fossils and prints are available here in constant basis.  

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