Isle Of Wight Rock Gives Three Trace Fossils

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A rock with three different footprints fossilized dinosaur were discovered on a beach on the Isle of Wight.

Provides evidence of life around the Bay Brook 130 million years.

Paleontologist Dr. Steve Sweetman found 50kg (£ 110) rock containing the prints of an adult Iguanodon, Iguanodon and a child-like theropod dinosaurs.

He said: "It 'important fossil evidence offers interesting an animal for which we have even the smallest fragments of bones."

Ideal conditions

Isle of Wight is a world-famous fossil, because of its habitat, if the ideal conditions for the dinosaurs to roam.

Dr Sweetman, vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Portsmouth, said rock has shown that a large plant-eating dinosaur Iguanodon wandered into a muddy river, leaving deep footprints 45 cm long and 50 cm wide (17 inches by 20in).

Dr Sweetman said: "There are hundreds of footprints on the beach at Bay Creek, but it is rare to find three in one, and the printing of small theropods is unique.
"It 'been a very busy place full of life and the shadow of the great dinosaurs, little about them in all shapes and sizes were also successful," he added.

Dr Sweetman sought the owners of beach, the National Trust, to remove the sample before it is won.

Research has given the island Dinosaur Isle Museum.

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