In a startling find, scientists in Germany has found a rather unusually long trail of footprints at an abandoned quarry in central German region of Lower Saxony.
Believed to be of a 30-tonne dinosaur, scientists are of the opinion that the footprints are around 145 million years old. The long trail of the big and unusually deep footprints runs for a distance of over 50 meters and scientists have found a total of 90 uninterrupted footprints with their diameter measuring 1.2 meters.
The reason scientists believe that the dinosaur that made the impressions weighed up to 30 tonnes is because the impressions sink more than 40 centimetres into the ground. Further, scientists say that the these footprints could have been made something between 135 and 145 million years ago by a sauropod – a class of heavy dinosaurs with long necks and tails.
Benjamin Englich, excavation leader, is ecstatic over the find owing to the pristine condition in which they were discovered. The team hasn’t come across any skeleton fossils from this area yet so they are yet to ascertain the species that made the footprints.
Experts hope the trail could help shed light on conditions in the Cretaceous period, the mysterious era which ended 65 million years ago with the mass extinction of dinosaurs.
The biggest dinosaur prints ever found, measuring up to two meters in diameter, were discovered by amateur diggers in the French Jura region in 2009.