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Dinosaur footprints found in abandoned German quarry

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Dinosaur footprints found in abandoned German quarry


Scientists in the German state of Lower Saxony, excavating an abandoned quarry, have found a set of dinosaur footprints that could be up to 145 million years old.

The trail of 90 uninterrupted prehistoric prints are thought to have been made by a sauropod – a class of heavy dinosaurs with long necks and tails.

“It’s very unusual how long the trail is and what great condition it’s in,” excavation leader Benjamin Englich told Reuters at the site, in the town of Rehburg-Loccum near Hanover.

Experts hope the trail could help shed light on conditions in the Cretaceous period, the mysterious era which ended 65 million years ago with the mass extinction of dinosaurs.

The biggest dinosaur prints ever found, measuring up to two metres in diameter, were discovered by amateur diggers in the French Jura region in 2009.

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