Chinese eatery finds 100 million-year-old dinosaur footprints

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A diner saw 100 million-year-old dinosaur tracks in a restaurant's garden in southwestern China. 

Several stone pits at the restaurant in Leshan, Sichuan, contained the footprints of two sauropods, a type of dinosaur from the early Cretaceous period. 

Using a 3D scanner, Xing's team confirmed the discovery Saturday. 

Sauropods were the largest animals to ever walk the Earth. 

They grew as long as three school buses & were so heavy the ground shook as they walked. 

Xing said the two sauropods likely were 8 metres (26 feet) long. 

Sichuan has many Jurassic dinosaur fossils, but less Cretaceous fossils. 

This discovery adds to Sichuan's Cretaceous epoch & dinosaur diversity, Xing added. 

Xing said China's fast industrialization in recent decades has made palaeontology more challenging. 

“Fossils are scarce in the city since they're hidden by buildings,” he remarked. 

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