Palaeontologists measuring dinosaur footprints

Palaeontologists measuring dinosaur footprints

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Credit: ADAM HART-DAVIS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Dinosaur footprints. Palaeontolo- gists measure inverted dinosaur footprints in sandstone, possibly made by a sauropod. These footprints were made in soft mud on the bed of a lake. The prints filled with sand, which was later compressed into sandstone. The block of sandstone was upturned after falling from a cliff. Sauropods were huge, long-necked, browsing herbivores that often lived half immersed in water, which support- ed their body weight. The individual that made these prints was probably about the size of a big African bull elephant. The length of its stride suggests it was ambling along at about 1 kilometre per hour. Photographed in Whitby, Yorkshire, UK.

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Keywords: animal, animals, dinosaur, dinosaur footprint, field, footprint, footprints, fossil, fossils, palaeontology, paleontology, sauropod

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