Saturday, July 30, 2016

Record-Breaking Dinosaur Print Discovered

A World record footprint has been discovered of a carnivorous dinosaur. This is the largest print ever found of a flesh-eating dinosaur, and was discovered in Bolivia. Good thing this thing isn't still walking around.

Until now, the largest track from a meat-eating dinosaur measured at 110 centimeters and was discovered in New Mexico, according to paleontologist Sebastian Apesteguia.

Grover Marquina, a tour guide, was trekking through the Maragua Crater about 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the capital Sucre when he stumbled upon the fossilized footprint on July 19. The indentation exceeds 115 centimeters -- nearly 4 feet wide -- Apesteguia told CNN.

Normally, these types of prints are between 85 to 100 centimeters, he said. Apesteguia, a scientist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, explained that the likely owner of the footprint belonged to a large dinosaur species, possibly a creature that was a part of the Abelisaurus genus.

Predatory creatures in the Abelisaurus family were two-legged beasts that lived about 70 million years ago. With a powerful jaw, 40-foot stature and stunted arms, the features of these animals rival the better known and infamous Tyrannosaurus rex, or maybe even an oversized raptor called a Megaraptor -- a fierce creature that has been identified in the Patagonia region before.

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