A Drought Exposed 113 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Tracks At Dinosaur Valley State Park In Texas.
Several states across the US are dealing with extreme drought, an escalating consequence of climate change. Amid a drought, multiple dinosaur tracks belonging to the Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur were discovered recently it was said to be around 113 million years old at Dinosaur Valley state park in northwest Texas in Paluxy River as widespread droughts have caused a river running through central Texas to dry up almost entirely.
Acrocanthosaurus was a large carnosaur theropod dinosaur that had a large head, many sharp teeth, strong arms powerful back legs, and a long slender tail that balanced its body when it ran. It lived alongside the small raptor Deinonychus, and some small ankylosaurs, and hunted large sauropods.
“Most tracks that have recently been uncovered and discovered at different parts of the river in the park belong to Acrocanthosaurus,” said a park spokesperson, Stephanie Salinas Garcia.
"This was a dinosaur that would stand, as an adult, about 15 feet tall and (weigh) close to seven tons," she added.
Park superintendent Jeff Davis told that the recently exposed tracks are called the "Lone Ranger trackway", belonging to one Acrocanthosaurus, who walked that trail for about 100ft. There are an estimated 140 tracks in total from this one dinosaur, with about 60 visible now.
Acrocanthosaurus were therapods, a "typical three-toed dinosaur", Mr Davis said. Standing at about 15ft tall, they would have weighed about seven tonnes.
The tracks from Acrocanthosaurus has been seen last time in 2000, with the prints hidden under layers of water and sediment, though visitors can sometimes see other dinosaur tracks at the state park depending on weather conditions.
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