The largest dinosaur print in the Yorkshire has been discovered. Archaeologist, Marie Woods took to Twitter to announce what she had found the footprint whilst out looking collecting shellfish.
Posting to Twitter, Marie Woods wrote: “I had originally gone to collect shellfish for dinner, but got completely distracted by this beast!!!” The find is in an undisclosed position along the Yorkshire coast and experts believe that it is from a large meat-eating dinosaur with a body length of up to 30ft, according to the BBC.
Marie said that detailed measurements have been taken and a series of photographs, which are being used to create a photogrammetric model of the three-toed footprint. She also noted that because of its location collection and preservation of the print are proving difficult.
Marie noted two experts, Dr Dean Lomax and Dr Katie Strang have been advising her on what features to look for. There is a local ‘geologist/palaeontologist conducting the study of the find in North Yorkshire.
The BBC reported that Dr Lomax said it was the “largest theropod footprint ever found in Yorkshire”. He also said that Ms Woods’ discovery turned out to be a “rediscovery”, which had been spotted by Rob Taylor back in November 2020. The footprint hadn’t been fully exposed, so they hadn’t realised its true importance.
He added that Ms Woods’ discovery had actually turned out to be “a rediscovery”, as it had been partially spotted by fossil collector Rob Taylor back in November 2020.
Once recovered, the find will be placed on display at the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough. It’s very exciting that we are still making discoveries like this still.