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One Of The Biggest Dinosaur Footprints Discovered In Mongolia

First Posted: Oct 01, 2016 03:00 AM EDT
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A giant footprint of Titanosaurus was discovered in Gobi Desert in Mongolia by the Japanese and Mongolian researchers. Dornicke / Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0

A giant footprint of a dinosaur unearthed in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. This indicated that huge dinosaurs inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.

During the Japan-Mongolian expedition, they found the massive footprint of dinosaur which is about 106 cm long and 77 cm wide. It was found by the scientists from Okayama University, who were working with the researchers from Mongolian Academy of Science, according to target="_blank">Sputnik News.

The Okayama University of Science stated that this is a very unusual discovery as it's a well-preserved fossil footprint that is more over than a meter long with imprints of its claws. Phys.Org reports that the footprint belonged to a dinosaur known as Titanosaur, which was about over 30 meters long and 20 meters tall.

Titanosaurus is named after the mythological "Titans," the deities of Ancient Greece. The name means "titanic lizard." It belongs to a genus of sauropod dinosaurs, which was first described by Lydekker in 1877.

There were other similar-sized footprints discovered in the past in Morocco and France. The latest findings reveal clear signs of the dinosaur's nails. The team has been searching now the area for any dinosaur remains. The discovery could aid the researchers to comprehend how dinosaurs walked.

Meanwhile, Russian scientists also discovered remains from a giant animal in the Kemerovo region of Siberia just earlier this month. Sergei Leschchinsky, head of the Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems at Tomsk State University said that specific structural features of this dinosaur make it differ from its relatives. He further said that they cannot say that it was a reptile, for example, sturdier than the others because it is unknown yet.

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