London – A four-year-old girl has made a major discovery.
Walking on a beach in Wales with her father and pet dog, she noticed a very well-preserved dinosaur footprint, which has excited paleontologists worldwide.
Lily Wilder, discovered near Bendricus Bay in South Wales, UK, found an impression that is believed to have been abandoned 220 million years ago.
“It was on a low cliff, shoulder height for Lily, and she just looked at it and said, ‘Look Daddy,” her mother Sally Wilder, 41, told NBC News by telephone on Saturday.
Sally, an engineer, said, “He’s really excited, but it’s not surprising how amazing it is.” Saying that her husband took pictures on the beach and later shared them with the family. It was Lily’s grandmother, who encouraged her to reach out to local experts and create fossil enthusiasts for further investigation.
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Although it is impossible to identify which type of dinosaur left a 10-centimeter (3.9-inch) footprint, some facts are worth noting, Cindy Howells, Amgededfa Simru National Museum of Paleontology Curator of Wales, Told NBC News.
He said that it was probably made by a dinosaur, which was about 75 centimeters (29.5 in) long and 2.5 meters (about 8 ft) long.
It was a thin-tailed animal that walked on its two hind legs and actively hunted other small animals and insects. The sample footprint is known as a “granator”, and can help scientists establish more about the way dinosaurs move.
“It’s fantastic,” Howells told NBC News.
“It’s really amazing protection … you can see every detail of the muscles and where the joints in the leg are.”
It is likely that dinosaurs were historically wandering near Wales and many other land masses, Howells said. Sadly, there are no fossilized bones to match the print, she said, but similar footprints were found in the United States, which were created by the dinosaur “Colophysis”.
“We haven’t even found a fraction of the total species of dinosaurs yet,” Howells said, adding that the print lily found provides a very useful “clue”.
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The Welsh beach has been preserved as a site of special scientific interest, and the preserved fossils have now been safely removed. It will be moved soon National Museum Cardiff To be enjoyed and studied by scientists for generations to come, the museum said in a statement.
The museum, currently closed due to a coronovirus epidemic, said that once it reopened, Lily and her school class would be invited to view the article and list her name as the official “finder”.
Lily, who loves the dinosaur TV show and a collection of toys and models, told NBC News that the T-Rex was her favorite.
While she played with her younger brother George, 1, Lily’s mother said she encouraged parents to face coronovirus lockdown restrictions to take their children for walks in nature, where it Safely possible.
“We’re going to encourage outside exploration,” Sally said. “It’s great because it makes them really interested and the whole family can learn together.”