Saturday , December 5 2020

"Treasury" dinosaur footprints found after storms destroyed Sussex cliffs

Violent storm surge along the coast of Sussex discovered many dinosaur tracks after the sandstone cliffs collapsed sections.

Prints that belong iconic creatures, including a Stegosaurus species Ankylosaurus Tank and predatory theropod dinosaurs were found at the site near Hastings.

The team said "storehouse" provided a rare insight into the life of ancient animals and how they interact with each other.

It occurs to about 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous period, print location will be once a source of water rich in sticky mud, which allowed for a detailed preservation.

"The whole body of the dinosaur fossils are incredibly rare," said Anthony Shillito,, a graduate student at Cambridge University, who led the study.

"Usually you get only small pieces that do not tell you much about that dinosaurs may have lived.

"A collection of tracks, as this will help you to fill in some gaps and make a conclusion about what things dinosaurs lived at the same place at the same time."

More than 85 well-preserved prints & # 39 there were more than four winters, storms battered cliffs, including the best examples can be found in the region for decades.

Ankylosaurus trace of Sussex places with skin and claw impression (Neil Davies)

"Just as the great wealth and diversity of these prints, we see quite incredible detail," said Mr Shillito,, who published their findings in the journal Paleogeography, paleoclimatology, paleoecology.

"You can clearly see the texture of the skin and scales, as well as four-toed claws, which are very rare."

As part of his research, Mr. Shillito explores how dinosaurs acted as environmental "engineers" in those ancient floodplains, the formation of the landscape with their massive bodies.

Today, large animals like hippos and cows affect the flow of water, creating channels as you move through the dirt and traces of Sussex is believed the dinosaurs were doing the same, millions of years ago.

Hastings region is known for its rich seams of fossils of dinosaurs, including the first known Iguanodon, discovered there in 1825, and the first confirmed example of a fossilized dinosaur brain tissue in 2016.

There are probably more tracks that are waiting to be discovered in the rocks, but the improved sea defenses in the area means many of them are likely to be locked in the rock, they are now protected against voltage surges.

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