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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

DINOSAUR TRACKS

Yesterday, I spent the day searching a Texas riverbed looking for the tracks of an animal species that has not walked on this planet for some millions of years. 

If you guessed "Dinosaur", you would be correct. Located just northwest of Glenrose Texas is Dinosaur Valley State Park, and it contains some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks existing in the world. 



Located there are two type tracks that have been found to date belonging to:

    Image result for Acrocanthosaurus
  • Acrocanthosaurus: The theropod tracks were most likely left by the carnivorous Acrocanthosaurus, a smaller relative of Tyrannosaurus rex. This dinosaur chased its prey on two legs, was 20 feet tall and 30 feet long, and weighed 3 to 5 tons
    Sauroposeidon by cisiopurple
  • Sauroposeidon proteles: A very large sauropod that was 70 feet long and 13 feet high at its hip, and it weighed 40 to 44 tons.

What an amazing place this is, and yes I found lots of dino tracks, of which I, unfortunately, cannot post just yet as it is apart of a larger photo assignment I am working on. That said, here is a cool image of the Paluxy River, and a painted mural scene of the two dinosaurs described above to allow you to visualize what once was so very long ago....






















Happy Trails!