– Scientists have discovered an space stuffed with greater than 300 fossil footprints of dinosaurs that lived through the Lower Cretaceous interval. With footprints from long-necked sauropods and bird-like theropods, this can be probably the most various space of dinosaur tracks ever discovered, Newsweek says.
“The discovery of the dinosaur footprints was shocking, as no dinosaur skeletons have been found in this area before,” Wang Xiaoli, head of the Institute of Geology and Paleontology at Linyi University, Shandong Province informed Chinese information web site ECNS.
This space, in the low altitude of a mountain, hasn’t yielded any physique fossils like tooth or bones, so till now, there was no proof that dinosaurs even lived there. However, by evaluating the tracks to the closest skeletal fossils of dinosaurs discovered in China from the identical period, researchers can get an honest thought of what animals roamed Maling Mountain the place the tracks have been discovered.
Two of these units of tracks embody sauropodomorphs, or long-necked dinosaurs, and two ornithopods, that are of the dinosaur clade that features duck-billed dinosaurs. There have been even tracks from an unidentified turtle.
The space additionally included 4 parallel units of tracks of deinonychosaurians, or some kind of dinosaur associated to Jurassic Park’s velociraptors. The indisputable fact that the 4 units of tracks have been parallel was vital: It could assist the idea that bird-like predatory dinosaurs from 120 million years in the past traveled in teams. There have been additionally 70 units of parallel tracks of a smaller species of theropod dinosaurs.
Explorers discovered the tracks in 2016, but it surely was solely just lately that scientists have put collectively their evaluation of the fossils. Scientists from China, the United States, and Australia got here collectively to write down a research on the discover and revealed their outcomes in the journal Cretaceous Research.