Rare Dinosaur Tracks Found in Scotland Add Details to a Lost World

Rare Dinosaur Tracks Found in Scotland Add Details to a Lost World

Dinosaurs once roamed across Scotland, and left the tracks to prove it. Fossils from this period are rare, so the tracks are an important part of understanding how the giant dinos got around and which environments they could get around in.

The original find on the Isle of Skye in 2015 uncovered a multitude of sauropod tracks. Additional discoveries in a nearby area revealed the tracks of carnivorous therapods, as well, mixed in with sauropod prints.

Paleontologist Stephen Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh describes the prints being made by “dinosaurs walking in very shallow water.” But they weren’t strolling in the cold Atlantic surf. When these dinosaurs roamed 170 million years ago in the Middle Jurassic, the Isle of Skye was part of a larger equatorial island with a subtropical climate.

Source: Smithsonian


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