Archive for May 22nd, 2008

This discovery hearkens back to Roy Chapman Andrew’s expedition into the Mongolian desert (one of the real life inspirations for Indiana Jones (can’t wait to see the new one)).  Scientists say they have found dinosaur tracks on the Arabian Peninsula.  This new discovery may shed some more light on where dinosaurs lived, their migration patterns, and how they evolved through time.  A Yemeni journalist first made the discovery and members of the Sana’a University in Yemen identified and cleaned the footprints.

The Fossilized Dinosaur Footprints

The tracks are that of a large ornithopod dinosaur (or large lipped dinosaur) and a herd of 11 sauropods (lizard hipped dinosaurs that include the huge, long-necked Apatosaurus (formerly known as Brontosaurus), Brachiosaurus, and Diplodocus) walking along a coastal mudflat in Yemen.

The tracks preserved in the rocks at the site are the footprints of 11 small and large herbivorous sauropods which lived in the Jurassic and Cretaceous moving in a group.  Surprisingly, a herbivorous ornihropod, another dinosaur species that walked on its two hind legs, seemed to be moving in tandom with the group. 

Until now, no dinousaur tracks were found in the Middle East.  Even more surprisingly, only a few fossils have been discovered on the peninsula which is known as the cradle of life.


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