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Thousands of dinosaur tracks discovered


Posted on Thursday, 26 September, 2013 | Comment icon 6 comments


The team found large numbers of prints. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Greg Willis

A veritable treasure trove of dinosaur footprints has been found along the side of Alaska's Yukon river.

A research term exploring the region came across thousands of fossilized dinosaur tracks along the shoreline. Consisting of scientists from the University of Alaska's Museum of the North, the team traveled over 500 miles down the Tanana and Yukon rivers and returned with more than 900kg of footprint fossils.

"We found dinosaur footprints by the scores on literally every outcrop we stopped at," said researcher Paul McCarthy. "I've seen dinosaur footprints in Alaska now in rocks from southwest Alaska, the North Slope and Denali National Park in the Interior, but there aren't many places where footprints occur in such abundance."

The discovery of an area so rich in fossil footprints is very rare and is being hailed as highly significant. The prints seem to come from a wide variety of different dinosaurs and are so abundant that it's possible to come across up to 50 specimens in as little as ten minutes.

"We found a great diversity of dinosaur types, evidence of an extinct ecosystem we never knew existed," said museum curator Pat Druckenmiller.

   
Source: Live Science | Comments (6)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Hatake Kakashi on 25 September, 2013, 22:35
I've always tried to imagine what the arctic looked like, long ago, when it was apart of Pangea. Then again, I also try to imagine what it would be like for colossal life like Dinosaurs to dominate Earth once again. I can only hope we learn more about Earth's past, particularly Dinosaurs, within my lifetime. Thanks for the article.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 26 September, 2013, 14:08
I've also wondered if there were two giant land masses as India has be shown to have come from Antartica and slammed into Asia. Yes this is very interesting. Perhaps we;ll learn a good bit more about the Dinos from this dicovery.
Comment icon #3 Posted by moonshadow60 on 26 September, 2013, 16:55
Well, Maine was once nestled up against Morocco, once upon a time when Pangea existed, if that helps. Here are a couple of maps that might help:
Comment icon #4 Posted by Lava_Lady on 27 September, 2013, 2:55
So cool! It looks like a muppet foot.
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 27 September, 2013, 21:22
Hmmm... I see a partial resemblance. Sorry, questionmark.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns on 1 October, 2013, 23:14
What if it's just one dinosaur, and it's walking around in the same spot a bunch of times, because it thought: "Hey! 65 million years from now, human paleontologists will see these tracks and assume there were THOUSANDS! It'll be the prank of the Era!" Just a thought.


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