A site with two different types of dinosaur footprints dating back 170 million-years have been discovered on Isle of Skye.
As it seems, the Scottish Island of the Isle of Skye was once warm enough to be home to many types of dinosaurs. That’s at least what the newest footprints find suggests.
Believed to date back about 170 million years, the footprints belonged to two different types of dinosaurs – the long-necked long-necked cousins of Brontosaurus and cousins of the monstrous Tyrannosaurus rex.
Found in a muddy lagoon off the north-east coast of the Isle, the footprint belongs to a two-meter-tall older cousin of the T-rex, the theropod.
This is not the first time researchers find dinosaur fossils on the Isle of Skye. Footprints have been found once before in 2015.
However, the ones just discovered were printed in rock formation much older than the footprints found earlier.
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What makes the find even more important, is the fact that they date back to the Middle Jurassic period, from which fossils are rarely found around the world.
Around 50 dinosaur footprint fossils were found in a tidal area known as Rubha nam Brathairean.
The largest of the footprints was 70 centimeters across and belonged to a sauropod, while the largest theropod track was around 50 centimeters across.