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From The Mesozoic Era…

A four-year-old girl has helped the scientists reveal a lot of new information about dinosaurs in Australia!

In January, Lily Wilder discovered a dinosaur-footprint on a beach near Barry in South Wales. She made the discovery while walking with her father Richard at Bendricks Bay, a beach well known for its dinosaur-footprints. The scientists have described the 220-million-year-old footprint as the “best specimen ever found” at Bendricks Bay. They have expressed hope that the impression could help researchers find important information about the movements of dinosaurs in Australia.

Lily’s mother has informed the media that her husband took his daughter for a walk on the beach. Lily noticed the impression on a stone, and drew her father’s attention. The stone was as high as Lily’s shoulder. Initially, the little girl thought that it was footprint of an animal. After returning to home, Richard shared images of the footprint with his friends and then, contacted the Local Administration.

The impression, discovered by Lily, is about 10cm long, and it seems that the dinosaur’s height was about 75cm, while the size was about two and a half meters at that time. However, scientists are yet to identify the species of dinosaur from this footprint…

Little Lily

Cindy Howells, the Palaeontology Curator from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum, Wales, has confirmed that many such footprints were discovered at that particular area in the past. However, this one would give scientists a better idea about early dinosaurs walked, she said. Howells added: “Its acquisition by the museum is mainly thanks to Lily and her family who first spotted it. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, scientists from Amgueddfa Cymru have been highlighting the importance of nature on people’s doorstep and this is a perfect example of this. Obviously, we don’t all have dinosaur footprints on our doorstep, but there is a wealth of nature local to you if you take the time to really look close enough.

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