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A Giant Dinosaur Footprint Has Been Discovered In The Mongolian Desert

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05/10/2016 11:02

One of the biggest dinosaur footprints ever recorded has been uncovered in the Gobi desert in Mongolia.

The print, measuring over a metre in length and 77 centimetres wide, is believed to be that of a plant-eating Sauropod, similar to a Titanosaurus.

Okayama University of Science

Researchers say that finding a print over 100 centimetres is incredibly “rare” and this particular fossil comes complete with claws, making it even more special.

A statement released by the Okayama University of Science said: “This is a very rare discovery as it’s a well-preserved fossil footprint that is more than a metre long with imprints of its claws.”

The cast, which isn’t an indentation but more of a 3D model that has gradually built up from years of exposure to sand and other debris since it was first made between 70 and 90 million years ago.

Now the team are clearly on the right tracks, they are looking for more remains of whole skeletons: “A whole skeleton of a giant dinosaur that left such a massive footprint has yet to be uncovered in Mongolia.

“A fossilised skeleton of such a dinosaur is expected to be eventually discovered.”

In 2011 remains of a gigantic Titanosaur were discovered in Antarctica, and in 2014 more bones were found in Patagonia by an Argentinian team. 

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