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Footprints of dinosaur ancestors discovered

6 Oct 2022

A team of 11 palaeontologists from Germany, Italy and UK have discovered new fossil footprints made by dinosaur ancestors at a new fossil site in a quarry near the village Wolferode in central Germany.

BEES PhD student Daniel Falk is one of the excavation leaders. The team has discovered several rock layers that preserve the footprints of lizard-like animals the size of dogs. These animals walked on wet mud, leaving footprints, that were later filled with silt and sand, preserving them as fossil tracks.

Maria McNamara Research Group

Experimental and analytical taphonomy

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork (UCC), Butler Building, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30, Ireland