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Dinosaur footprints reveal stampede clues

Posted on Thursday, 24 January, 2013 | Comment icon 3 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Dinosaur tracks found in Australia have revealed new clues pointing to a prehistoric river crossing.

At a site called Lark Quarry as many as 4,000 fossilized dinosaur tracks are preserved in an area the size of a basketball court. The huge number of prints was thought to be the result of a stampede, but now researchers believe that the tracks could have actually been made at a location used by large numbers of dinosaurs to cross a river.

"There are certainly some footprints there that I've seen that are consistent with a small dinosaur that is swimming and it can't quite touch the bottom with its toes, but it still looks like we are talking about a significant group of dinosaurs all moving together as one mob," said paleontologist Paul Willis.

"Fossilized track marks from a stampede of dinosaurs in Australia actually may have come from swimming animals, new research suggests."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Wearer of Hats on 23 January, 2013, 22:47
Which is odd, as it seriously looks like the herbivores were attacked by a therapod.
Comment icon #2 Posted by King Fluffs on 24 January, 2013, 16:56
I like dinosaurs.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ashven on 25 January, 2013, 10:03
4000 in an area the size of a basketball court? How can they be sure it wasn't 3 chasing each other for a laugh


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