220 million-year-old dinosaur footprint was Discovered by Four-year-old girl at a beach in Wales UK

 A four-year-old girl has made a 220 Million Year old's big discovery.

Lily Wilder and her dad Richard were walking their dog along Bendricks Beach in Barry when she saw the footprint embedded in a rock.

They took photos of the find and returned to the site with Lily's mum, Sally, and her baby brother George.

"It was on a low rock, shoulder height for Lily, and she just spotted it and said, 'look Daddy,'" her mother Sally Wilder, 41, told NBC News by telephone on Saturday.

"She is really excited but doesn't quite grasp how amazing it is," Sally, an engineer, said. Adding that her husband took photos at the beach and later shared them with the family. It was Lily's grandmother who encouraged them to reach out to local experts and fossil enthusiasts for further investigation.


Although it is impossible to identify exactly which type of dinosaur left the 10-centimeter (3.9-inch) footprint, some facts are discernable, Cindy Howells, Agueda Cymer National Museum of Wales paleontology curator, told NBC News.


It's likely the footprint was made by a dinosaur that stood about 75 centimeters (29.5 inches) tall and 2.5 meters (about 8 feet) long, she said.


It would have been a slender animal with a tail that walked on its two hind feet and actively hunted other small animals and insects, she added. The specimen footprint is known as a "grallator," and could help scientists establish more about how dinosaurs walked.


"It's brilliant," Howells told NBC News.

According to the museum, there are no fossilised bones from this 220 million-year-old dinosaur, but similar footprints have been found in the USA attributed to the Coelophysis dinosaur.

The museum's added that numerous footprints have been identified in Bendricks Bay in the past but most are unlikely to be "from dinosaurs, but rather from some of the more crocodilian-type reptiles that also inhabited the area. 

"It really is stunning preservation, You can see every detail of the muscles and where the joints are in the foot."


It's likely that Wales and many other land masses historically had dinosaurs roaming around them, said Howells. Sadly, there are no fossilized bones to match the print, she said, but similar footprints had been found in the United States, known to have been made by the dinosaur "coelophysoids."


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