Health Editor’s Note: Robbie the Pict, too bad we did not see these when visiting you this past summer…..Carol

Deltapodus prints offering the first strong evidence that stegosaurian dinosaurs were part of the Middle Jurassic landscape on Skye (Steve Brusatte)

A Dinosaur ‘Stomping Ground’ Surfaces on the Isle of Skye

by Brigit Katz/

The Isle of Skye, which sits off the northwest coast of Scotland, is today known for its windswept mountain ranges, rugged sea cliffs, and crumbling castles. But millions of years ago, the landscape was very different—part of a subtropical island filled with beaches, shallow lagoons, and dinosaurs. The richness of Skye’s prehistoric past came to light with the recent discovery of two fossil sites that preserve some 50 dinosaur footprints, among them a type of track that has never before been documented on the island.

According to the Guardian’s Nicola Davis, the prints were found at the cliffs of Rubha Nam Brathairean, or Brothers’ Point. One of the track sites had been explored before, but its paleontological treasures remained hidden until storms shifted some boulders, revealing footprints among sedimentary rocks that are about 170 million years old. During the Middle Jurassic period, which spanned from 161 to 176 million years ago, this site consisted of mudflats bordering a lagoon, where an array of dinosaurs ambled about, leaving tracks that were preserved across the ages.

Among the footprints, a team of researchers reveal in the journal PLOS One, were three-toed tracks belonging to various sizes of carnivorous theropods, a bipedal dino subgroup…


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