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Dinosaur footprint beach damaged after people use 'sledgehammers and crow bars'

The well-preserved footprint could help establish how dinosaurs walked The well-preserved footprint could help establish how dinosaurs walked
Kristine Garrett | 04 February, 2021, 13:04

A dinosaur footprint that is "the finest impression found in Britain in a decade" has been discovered on a beach in Wales by a four-year-old girl.

Lilly and her father, Richard, made the discovery in January, then reported it to the National Museum of Wales, which has since recovered the footprint for study. I found this fossil identification page on Facebook and I posted it on there and people went a bit insane. "Experts from the museum who took over from there were contacted".

As Wilder told As It Happens about Lily's discovery, the tiny fossil hunter could be heard playing in the background, wielding her T. rex and saying "Stompy stomp stomp" as she made it prance around making footprints of its own.

It is impossible to identify exactly what type of dinosaur left it, although experts typically classify the print as a Grallator.

According to the museum, there are no fossilised bones from this 220 million-year-old dinosaur, but similar footprints have been found in the US attributed to the Coelophysis dinosaur.

While it's not now known what type of dinosaur the footprint belonged to, experts ascertained that the creature was 10cm long and 75cm tall. I was imagining an artist had gone down and scratched it out, but I knew dinosaur footprints had been found along that piece of coast before so I just thought I'd ask some people.

According to the BBC, the dinosaur that left it has been described as a "slender animal", which would have walked on its two hind legs and actively hunted other small animals or insects.

Dinosaurs first appeared about 230 million years ago, with the footprint shedding light on an early point in their evolution, when the different groups of dinosaurs were first diversifying. "She is really excited but doesn't quite grasp how fantastic it is". The area is famous for its discovery of fossilised dinosaur footprints, many of which have been removed and housed in nearby museums.

"The fossil was extracted this week and will be taken to National Museum Cardiff where it will be protected for future generations to enjoy, and for scientists to study", the National Museum Wales said.

The museum, now closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, said that once it reopens, Lily and her school class will be invited to see the article and have her name listed beside it as an official "finder".

"What's fantastic is, if her name goes down as the finder in the museum, it could be her grandchildren going to visit that in the museum one day, and for years and years and generations to come, which is quite wonderful", mother Sally told Wales Online.

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