An excavation team was ecstatic of their results, as a footprint of an unknown dinosaur was found in Germany and could belong to a species not yet attributed to that era. The world of paleontology might soon grown a little bigger, if the new findings could prove to belong to a previously undiscovered species.
Between 135 million and 145 million years ago, a particularly large and heavy dinosaur left a series footprints that were perfectly immortalized in rock formations at the quarry of what is now Rehburg-Loccum, near Hanover.
According to leader of the excavation team, Benjamin Englich, the impressions left behind are in near flawless condition and may hold some unaddressed questions about the mysteries of the Cretaceous era, which ended 65 million years ago with the extinction of dinosaurs.
The discovery includes a number of 90 well preserved and uninterrupted footprints that are unusually long, and stretching across 164 feet in distance. Each one is nearly 4 feet in length and in mint condition that will likely draw even more research toward the long-extinct species that created them.
The footprints have been described as “elephant like” with three toes, though the depth to which they bury into the ground is far greater than any of the species of elephant could achieve. The dinosaur is said have weighed between 25 and 30 tons, an it’s suggested to have been a a long necked Sauropod, with claws that sunk nearly 16 inches into the ground.
According to Englich, there are no complete skeletal remains of dinosaurs dug that belonged to that time period, so their findings might hopefully reveal a new species altogether, one that has never been previously discovered or even believed existed. The age alone has hinted that it’s certainly a type of dinosaur that has not been previously seen in that era.
It could subject the set of footprints to numerous more examinations and researches to properly discover what type of dinosaur it was, and hopefully uncover more details about the conditions of the Cretaceous period.
It may reveal even more answers, as scientists suggest that the area it may have been a large lagoon hundreds of millions of years ago, formed from multiple islands which could have been home for several species of dinosaurs.
The footprints are an excellent example of perfectly preserved traces of an extinct animal, and Annette Richter, a paleontologist from Lower Saxony State Museum, has stated that there are few comparable sites to the quarry near Hanover, which has provided them with great new study opportunities.