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    London (CNN)Footprints discovered on a beach in Wales are believed to have been made by an early dinosaur more than 200 million years ago, experts say. Paleontologists at London's Natural History Museum said the footprints, which date back to the Triassic period, were thought to belong to a very early sauropod or sauropod relative."We know early sauropods were living in Britain at the time, as bones of Camelotia, a very early sauropod, have been found in Somerset in rocks dated to the same period," Dr. Susannah Maidment, a paleontologist at the museum who was involved in the research, said in a statement announcing the findings. "We don't know if this species was the track-maker, but it is another clue which suggests something like it could have made these tracks."Maidment and her colleague, professor Paul Barrett, were initially sent images of the tracks at the beach in Penarth by an amateur paleontologist in 2020. At first, they were skeptical of the findings.Read More"We get a lot of enquiries from members of the public for things that could be trackways but many...
    Warsaw, PolandHundreds of dinosaur footprints, so well-preserved that even the scaly skin can be seen, have been found in Poland, giving an insight into a complex ecosystem around 200 million years ago, geologists said.Described by the Polish Geological Institute-National Research Institute as a treasure trove, the fossilized tracks and bones were found in an opencast clay mine in Borkowice, 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Warsaw."In the traces left by dinosaurs, you can read their behavior and habits... we have traces left by dinosaurs running, swimming, resting and sitting," said geologist Grzegorz Niedzwiedzki. Geologists discovered hundreds of dinosaur footprints.The largest footprints of carnivorous dinosaurs are 40 centimeters (15.7 inches) long and in many cases the skin can be seen in detail."In order for such a state of preservation to be possible, a very special sequence of events had to take place in a short time," geologist Grzegorz Pienkowski said in a statement.At least seven species feature among the tracks.Read MoreSeveral hundred dinosaur tracks, representing at least seven species, have been found and geologists say they are likely to find more....
    The oldest footprints made by pre-humans are more than six million years old, scientists have revealed. Around 50 of the track marks were identified near the village of Trachilos on the western edge of the Greek island of Crete back in 2002.    They were found in a type of sedimentary rock that formed at the shore of the ancient Mediterranean Sea.  Now, dating techniques have now shown them to be 6.05 million years old, making them the oldest direct evidence of a human-like foot used for walking.   While it remains unclear which species left them, the prints have a distinctly human-like form, with a similar big toe to our own and a 'ball' in the sole that's not found in apes.  One of the around 50 Trachilos footprints. The prints were found in a type of sedimentary rock that formed when the Mediterranean Sea briefly dried out Photograph of two prints, published in the 2017 paper, 'possibly representing a static stance of one individual'  THE TRACHILOS FOOTPRINTS The Trachilos footprints were found in a type of sedimentary rock that formed when the Mediterranean...
    Researchers believe they may have identified the oldest-known work of art — a sequence of five hand and footprints thought to date back up to 226,000 years. According to researchers led from China's Guangzhou University, the impressions are at least 3–4 times older than the cave paintings of France, Indonesia and Spain.  Found in 2018 on a rocky outcrop in Quesang, on the Tibetan Plateau, the prints may have been 'prehistoric graffiti' left by young Denisovan children, the team have said. Researchers believe they may have identified the oldest-known work of art — a sequence of five hand and footprints thought to date back up to 226,000 years. Pictured: the prints as seen when rendered in a three-dimensional scan of the surface in which they were left According to researchers led from China's Guangzhou University, the impressions (pictured) are at least 3–4 times older than the cave paintings of France, Indonesia and Spain Found in 2018 on a rocky outcrop (pictured) in Quesang, on the Tibetan Plateau, the prints may have been 'prehistoric graffiti' left by young Denisovan...
    Scientists have found the earliest-known evidence of mammals at the seashore, in a former water lagoon at the Hanna Formation of Wyoming.  Footprints left by two species of mammals – one identified and one not – were made 58 million years ago, according to analysis by the US experts.  The identified mammal species is Coryphodon, a primitive hooved creature with four legs about the size of a brown bear – one of the largest-known mammals of its time. Comparable to a modern hippopotamus,‭ ‬Coryphodon was slow and heavily built with squat legs,‭ for supporting a heavy body rather than fast running.‭ ‬  The findings suggest mammals may have first used marine habitats at least 9.4 million years earlier than previously thought, in the late Paleocene era (66-56 million years ago), rather than the Eocene era (56-33.9 million years ago).    Today's large mammals congregate near water as protection from predators and biting insects, as well as to forage for foods and get access to salt sources.   Ancient, extinct mammals may have had similar reasons for seeking out a day at the beach, according to...
    A tiny footprint belonging to a baby dinosaur has been discovered in China. The imprint measures just 2.24 inches (5.7cm) long and the exact species that made it remains unknown, but it is thought to be a diminutive stegosaur. The most famous stegosaur is the Stegosaurus, a 21 foot-long,plant-eating giant known for its protruding backplates and mace-like tail. Scroll down for video   A footprint found in China is thought to belong to a baby stegosaur, xperts believe it would be armoured and have a spiked tail, just like the enormous adults (pictured, artist's impression)  Pictured right, the tiny stegosaur footprint which was found in China.  It is shorter than the 12inch (30cm) footprints of the much larger adult stegosaur footprints also found at the site (left), indicating young stegosaurs may have walked on their toes, like birds and cats  Dr Anthony Romilla, a co-author of the study from the University of Queensland, said: 'This footprint was made by a herbivorous, armoured dinosaur known broadly as a stegosaur – the family of dinosaurs that includes the famed stegosaurus.  'Like...
    Footprints discovered in the sand on a Spanish beach were left by a Neanderthal child 100,000 years ago 'jumping irregularly as though dancing,' study shows.  The prints have been uncovered due to stormy weather and high tides in June 2020, where they were spotted by a pair of biologists walking on the sand. They stumbled upon what was later revealed to be a Neanderthal watering hole, dating back 100,000 years to the late Pleistocene epoch. The site, on Matalascanas beach in Spain, sits between Huelva and Cadiz, and is where the ancestors of modern humans would drink, hunt, search for seafood and even let their children play in the water alongside animals. Palaeontologists from the University of Huelva say this is the earliest known example of Neanderthal footprints on the Iberian peninsular. Footprints discovered in the sand on a Spanish beach were left by a Neanderthal child 100,000 years ago 'jumping irregularly as though dancing,' study shows They stumbled upon what was later revealed to be a Neanderthal watering hole, dating back 100,000 years to the late Pleistocene...
    The bodies of a mother and her young son have been found in a New Jersey pond after her six-year-old boy was discovered screaming out for help nearby.  Police were called to Grace Lord Park in Boonton on Tuesday evening.  There they found the bodies of the mom and her son, 11, in the pond 'with footprints going into the water', acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll told NBC.  The woman's younger boy was unharmed.  It is not clear why the mother and her two sons, who have not been named, were at the park and why two of them entered the water.  DailyMail.com has contacted the Morris County Prosecutor for comment.  The bodies of a mother and her young son have been found in a New Jersey river with her six-year-old boy left screaming out for help nearby Police discovered the youngster alone in Grace Lord Park in Boonton on Tuesday evening. He was unharmed. They then found the bodies of his mom and brother in the pond 'with footprints, pictured, going into the water', acting Morris...
    (CNN)Hundreds of fossilized footprints dating back 120,000 years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, and they might point to the earliest evidence of human movement into the region, according to a new study in Science Advances. Researchers discovered hundreds of fossilized footprints, which were exposed by sediment erosion, during a survey of an ancient lake in Saudi Arabia's Nefud Desert.In among the 376 ancient shapes discovered around Alathar lake, experts identified animal footprints, including prints belonging to horses, camels and elephants -- notable because elephants appeared to have gone extinct in the Levant about 400,000 years ago. Elephant (left) and camel (right) trackways were discovered.But more surprisingly, researchers said they discovered seven hominin footprints, which, if confirmed, could be evidence of the earliest dated evidence of the human species in the Arabian Peninsula. Blood amber may be a portal into dinosaur times, but the fossils are an ethical minefield for palaeontologists "We immediately realized the potential of these findings," Mathew Stewart, one of the study's lead authors from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, said in a statement.Read...
    Footprints found in modern-day South Korea that were thought to have been made by pterosaurs are instead from a 13-foot crocodile that lived between 110 and 120 million years ago and walked on two legs, researchers say. According to a new study, published in Scientific Reports, the crocodile weighed nearly 1,000 pounds, had razor-sharp teeth and measured approximately four meters (13.1 feet). Known as Batrachopus grandis, the ancient croc likely fed on anything it could go after, including dinosaurs, according to experts. “Typical crocodiles walk in a squat stance and create trackways that are wide,” Chinju National University of Education professor Kyung Soo Kim said in a statement. “Oddly, our trackways are very narrow looking — more like a crocodile balancing on a tight-rope,” Kim added. “When combined with the lack of any tail-drag marks, it became clear that these creatures were moving bipedally.” B. grandis was identified from nearly 100 10-inch footprints that were discovered in Sacheon City, South Korea. “They were moving in the same way as many dinosaurs, but the footprints were not made by dinosaurs,” Kim...
    Footprints found in modern-day South Korea that were thought to have been made by pterosaurs are instead from a 13-foot crocodile that lived between 110 and 120 million years ago and walked on two legs, researchers say. According to a new study, published in Scientific Reports, the crocodile weighed nearly 1,000 pounds, had razor-sharp teeth and measured approximately four meters (13.1 feet). Known as Batrachopus grandis, the ancient croc likely fed on anything it could go after, including dinosaurs, according to experts. "Typical crocodiles walk in a squat stance and create trackways that are wide," Chinju National University of Education professor Kyung Soo Kim said in a statement. A reconstruction of ancient South Korean crocodile track-makers. Credit: Dr Anthony Romilio 'BONECRUSHING' CROCODILE THAT HUNTED DINOSAURS 230M YEARS AGO DISCOVERED IN BRAZIL "Oddly, our trackways are very narrow looking — more like a crocodile balancing on a tight-rope," Kim added. "When combined with the lack of any tail-drag marks, it became clear that these creatures were moving bipedally." B. grandis was identified from nearly 100 10-inch footprints that were discovered in Sacheon...
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