According to a scientific report published in the first week of July, most fossils of dinosaur footprints have been found in northern China. According to the South China Morning Post, Chinese researchers have found more than 4,300 footprints in the northern Chinese province of Zhangjiakou in Hebei (SCMP).
According to the site, which cited academics, the 9,000-square-metre-sized traces were made between the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras, or about 150 million years ago. The fossil’s footprints, including claw prints, were first found in April 2020. Later, they were located closer to each other.
According to China Daily, scientists can determine the length, weight and size of dinosaurs from their footprints and extrapolate their walking speed. Interesting clues related to the existence of these extinct species can also be found in the footprints.
Dinosaur expert Jing Lida of the China University of Geosciences told China Daily, “Footprints not only reflect the way dinosaurs lived and behaved, but also explain the relationship between dinosaurs of that time and their living environment.” “
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There are four different dinosaur species represented by print, none of which have been named. Experts speculate that one of the fossils may belong to a species that has not yet been identified. Both herbivores and carnivores can be seen in the collection of these footprints. According to the SCMP, carnivores were smaller, measuring only four to five meters, while herbivores could grow to a length of more than 15 meters.
Scientists speculate that dinosaurs may have been in the area due to the availability of water and trees during the time of the dinosaurs. The area is currently a high, rocky grassland, with little vegetation.
(with inputs from agencies)