DINOSAUR tracks from 113 million years ago have been uncovered at a Texas state park after a severe drought dried up a river.
Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas was one of several areas hit by a statewide drought last week.
The state park allows visitors to see dinosaur tracks and camp on 20 miles of trails.
“Due to last summer’s excessive drought, the river dried up completely in most places, allowing more tracks to be uncovered here in the park,” said Stephanie Salinas Garcia of the park’s press office CBS News.
The tracks are thought to be of two types The New York Post.
A footprint is believed to belong to the theropod Acrocanthosaurus, which was 15 feet tall and weighed 7 tons.
Some of the footprints are also said to have belonged to Sauroposeidon, which was 60 feet tall.
According to the McGill School of Computer Science, it was the largest known dinosaur.
“Under normal river conditions, these newer tracks are underwater and are typically filled with sediment, making them buried and not as visible,” Garcia said.
“Being able to find these discoveries and experience new dinosaur tracks is always an exciting time at the park.”
The tracks were briefly visible, but heavy rain coming to Texas this week is expected to obscure the tracks again.
The visibility of the tracks depends on the amount of rainfall in the area, CBS News reported.
Although the tracks uncovered by the drought are expected to be reburied, the news agency says the sediment is helping to protect them from natural weathering and erosion.
Garcia said, “Dinosaur Valley State Park will protect these 113-million-year-old tracks not only for the present but for future generations.”
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/news-tech/9298370/footprints-dinosaur-valley-state-park-texas-drought/ Huge dinosaur footprint from 113 MILLION years ago discovered at Dinosaur Valley State Park during the Texas drought