World's Largest Dinosaur Footprint Found In Mongolian Desert

Posted: Oct 4 2016, 7:59am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 4 2016, 8:50am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Largest Dinosaur Footprint Found in Mongolian Desert
The world’s largest dinosaur footprint has been uncovered in the Mongolian desert. Nearly the size of a full grown man, the footprint is said to belong to the Titanosaur, which lived on earth approximately 70 to 90 million years ago. Photo Credit: Getty Images

One of the largest of dinosaur footprints has been found in the Mongolian Desert.

The world’s largest dinosaur footprint has been unearthed in the Mongolian Desert. The footprint is the size of a mature man’s dimensions. It belongs to the Titanosaur. This giant beast lived on the earth about 70 to 90 million years ago.

The Gobi Desert was the site where this ancient footprint was found. Researchers hailing from Japan and Mongolia cooperated in this joint effort. While most of the discoveries related to dinosaurs have been made in the Gobi Desert, this one trumps the rest. It is the largest find of the lot.

The fossil footprint is a meter in length and has its claws intact. The Titanosaur itself was 20 meters tall and 30 meters long. The Titanosaur is named after the Titans which were mythological entities of Ancient Greece.

The word Titanosaur means “titanic lizard” which is quite an appropriate label for the dinosaur which once ruled this region. This dinosaur is classified among the sauropods which were examined for the first time in 1877.

“This is a very rare discovery as it’s a well-preserved fossil footprint that is more than a metre long with imprints of its claws,” said a statement issued by Okayama University of Science.

Titanosaurs were plant-eating dinosaurs. They had the longest neck of any dinosaur species. Their babies which hatched from eggs weighed 3 to 4 kg at the time of their birth.

However, the youngsters’ growth rate was rapid. Within a few weeks they became as heavy as 30 kg which was a miracle in terms of physical progress. In a time span of two decades, these baby dinosaurs became full-fledged lumbersome Titanosaurs.

Other footprints matching this dinosaur’s clawed feet have been unearthed in France and Morocco. The talons are the most prominent of the features on their feet. Researchers are already making guesstimates based on these talons regarding how these huge creatures used to walk.

This mammoth dinosaur is the largest of its kind on earth. The archaeologist who headed the team which unearthed the fossilized footprint of the Titanosaur posed lying down with the clawed foot of the dinosaur.

The footprint was almost as big as him. There was a time in the prehistoric era before writing when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Mammals were few and far between.

Then a natural ecological catastrophe took place and these giants vanished leaving behind mammals from which the current dominant species, homo sapiens, are still ruling the earth.

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