Scientists have discovered an evidence that 142 million years ago, two carnivorous dinosaurs strolled side-by-side down a beach. The new findings, which were made in Germany, may provide insight into the two hunters’ ‘social’ lives.
Some 142 million years ago, a couple of dinosaurs were strolling in what is present day Germany’s coast. The prints suggest the dinosaurs were not in a rush, walking at about 3.9 mph (6.3 km/hour) for the large one and about 6 mph (9.7 km/h) for the little one. At some points, the smaller one seemed to be trotting, probably trying to keep up.
“The footprints show that the dinosaurs skid here and there as well,” says study researcher, Pernille Troelsen.
“As a biologist, I can contribute with knowledge about the behavior of the individual animals”, says Pernille Venø Troelsen.
An excavation started six years ago yielded these footprints. The digging at the site continued for three years. Germany was the site of this archaeological unearthing. Footprints of ancient dinosaurs are found there and have been for the past 200 years.
The thing worth noting here is that biologists look at the footprints of past creatures differently than geologists. The geological surveys had been extant since a long time ago. But Pernille was a biologist and she saw the footprints from an alternative angle.
The data gathered due to this new approach is different from the previous data. Especially the behavior of the beasts got analyzed from the fossils of their footprints. The carnivores belonged to the group known as Megalosauripus. Their heights were 1.6 meters and 1.1 meters.
“If so, this may illustrate two social animals, perhaps a parent and a young,” Troelsen, a researcher, suggested.
However, there’s no way to confirm the two tracks were made at the same time, the researcher acknowledges.
“They may be many years apart, in which case it maybe reflects two animals randomly crossing each other’s tracks,” Troelsen said. “We can also see that a duckbill dinosaur (Iguanodon) has crossed their tracks at one time or another, so there has been some traffic in the area.”
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