Footprints of the last dinosaurs believed to roam Britain have been found near the White Cliffs of Dover.
The BBC noted that the discovery by Hastings Museum and Art Gallery curator Philip Hedland is the latest dinosaur record in Britain and dates back to the early Cretaceous period, which is about 110 million years ago.
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According to Hadland, stormy conditions have revealed new fossils of at least six different types of prints found on rocks and shorelines in Folkestone, Kent. I have mentioned the port.
Traces from the sediment are believed to have been left by ankylosaurs, theropods and ornithopods.
“In 2011, I found unusual impressions in the Folkestone Rock Formation. All I could think was that they could be footprints,” Hadland told the BBC.
“This was contrary to what most geologists say about the rocks here, but I looked for more footprints and when the tide revealed more erosion, I found the better,” he said.
According to a research paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Association of Geologists, sediments have filled in the footprints left by dinosaur feet on Earth, as noted by the National Herald.
David Martell, University of Portsmouth palaeobiology professor Hadland helped verify their discovery, which is called “quite unusual” because it represents the earliest documented dinosaur footprints found in the “Folkestone Formation”.
“Now they’re sailing near the White Cliffs of Dover … imagine this the next time you get on a yacht and see those incredible cliffs,” Martell told the outlet.
Some of the footprints are currently on display at the Folkestone Museum, the BBC noted.
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