Chinese eatery finds 100 million-year-old dinosaur footprints
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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