113-million-year-old dinosaur footprints exposed by Texas drought

A 113-million-year-old dinosaur footprint is exposed in Texas after the ongoing drought dried up part of a river.

Footprints at the bottom of the Palaxy River in Glen Rose, Texas belong to a dinosaur called Acrocanthosaurus. Acrocanthosaurus was a 7-ton, two-legged carnivore with arms similar to Tyrannosaurus Rex, but smaller.

“It’s been a pretty bad drought,” Jeff Davis, director of Dinosaur Valley State Park, told Reuters on Wednesday. “So the river that runs through the center of the park, the Palaxi River, dried up and left us high and dry. This isn’t great. But the good thing about it is that there are never-before-seen dinosaur footprints.” , or revealing footprints that haven’t been seen for years, sometimes decades.”

Dinosaurs made footprints as they roamed muddy areas over 100 million years ago. Shortly after its formation, it became covered with sediment due to flooding, which later turned into limestone, protecting the prints, Davis said.

“It’s a double-edged sword, because without the river we couldn’t see them. We don’t know they were there. But when exposed, they begin to deteriorate.” ,” says Davis.

More than 93% of Texas has experienced drought since mid-July, according to the US Drought Monitor. As of mid-August, more than 26% of Texas has reached peak levels, with widespread loss of pasture and crops, and water shortages.

(Reuters) 113-million-year-old dinosaur footprints exposed by Texas drought

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