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"Treasure trove" of dinosaur footprints found in clay mine

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Państwowy Instytut Geologiczny - PIB / YouTubeDinosaur footprints discovered in Poland

Hundreds of dinosaur footprints, so well-preserved that even the scaly skin can be seen, have been found in Poland, giving an insight into a complex ecosystem around 200 million years ago, geologists said.

Described by the Polish Geological Institute-National Research Institute as a treasure trove, the fossilised tracks and bones were found in an opencast clay mine in Borkowice, 130 km (80 miles) south of Warsaw.

"In the traces left by dinosaurs, you can read their behaviour and habits... we have traces left by dinosaurs running, swimming, resting and sitting," said geologist Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki.

Several hundred dinosaur tracks have been foundPaństwowy Instytut Geologiczny - PIB

The largest footprints of carnivorous dinosaurs are 40 cm long and in many cases the skin can be seen in detail.

"In order for such a state of preservation to be possible, a very special sequence of events had to take place in a short time," geologist Grzegorz Pieńkowski said in a statement.

Several hundred dinosaur tracks, representing at least seven species, have been found and geologists say they are likely to find more. They have also discovered bone fragments from animals and fish.


Źródło: TVN24 News in English, Reuters

Źródło zdjęcia głównego: Państwowy Instytut Geologiczny - PIB

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