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Three new Jurassic-era dinosaur track sites found in Morocco


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Three new Jurassic-era dinosaur track sites found in Morocco


A small team of paleobiologists, with members from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Birmingham has discovered three new Jurassic-era dinosaur track sites in Morocco. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes where the track sites were found and the types of tracks that were preserved.

Track sites are areas where tracks of ancient creatures have been preserved in stone; a trackway is a series of tracks made by the same creature as it walked. Track sites occur when an ancient creature, such as a dinosaur, walks across wet ground, often a type of sediment. Over time, the tracks become filled with new sediment and are buried. Eventually, the sediment compacts into rock. Then, as environmental conditions change, the sediment on top of the tracks erodes away, revealing the tracks.

Read More: phys.org


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