Found the Footprints of Dinosaurs that walked 110 years ago

Footprints from at least six different species of dinosaur, (the very last dinosaurs to walk on UK soil 110 million years ago) have been found in Kent, a new report has announced.

The footprints are from a variety of dinosaurs, which shows there was a relatively high diversity of dinosaurs in southern England at the end of the Early Cretaceous period, 110 million years ago.

The footprints suggest many moderate-sized dinosaurs roamed the beach, including ankylosauruses, rugged-looking herbivorous armoured dinosaurs; theropods, three-toed flesh-eaters; and ornithopods, plant-eating “bird-hipped” dinosaurs, according to the study published in the journal Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association.

Most of the findings are isolated footprints, but one discovery comprises six footprints — making a ‘trackway’, which is more than one consecutive print from the same animal.

The footprint fossils formed by sediment filling the impression left behind when a dinosaur’s foot pushes into the ground, which then preserves it.

The footprints are from a variety of dinosaurs, which shows there was a relatively high diversity of dinosaurs in southern England at the end of the Early Cretaceous period, 110 million years ago.

Most of the findings are isolated footprints, but one discovery comprises six footprints making a ‘trackway’, which is more than one consecutive print from the same animal.

This trackway of prints are similar in size to an elephant footprint and have been identified as likely to be an Ornithopodichnus, of which similar, but smaller-sized footprints have also been found in China from the same time period.The largest footprint found measuring 80 cm in width and 65 cm in length has been identified as belonging to an Iguanodon-like dinosaur. Iguanodons were also plant-eaters, grew up to 10 metres long and walked on both two legs or on all fours.

Dinosaur bones are enormous, heavy and fragile, and are kept in museums around the world, making scientific study difficult.

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