2016

NG4173 : Ancient footprints

taken 8 years ago, near to Duntulm, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Ancient footprints
Ancient footprints
The indentations in this layer of sedimentary rock near Duntulm were, according to palaeontologists from Edinburgh University, made about 170 million years ago by sauropods, a group of huge, long-necked dinosaurs that includes the brontosaurus and brachiosaurus. Only discovered in late 2015, these fossilised zig-zag tracks are among the very best of their kind anywhere in the world. Some of the footprints are huge, indicating the animals were massive creatures, probably primitive sauropods that grew to at least 15 metres long and weighed more than 10 tonnes.

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Geographical Context: Coastal Geological interest Historic sites and artefacts Estuary, Marine Place: Duntulm other tags: Isle of Skye Dinosaur Tracks Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Articles: · Images shortlisted for POTY, 2016 Automatic Clusters: · Rock [8] · Dinosaur Footprint [5] ·
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NG4173, 53 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
James Allan   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 6 June, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 12 June, 2016
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NG 4103 7392 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:40.8205N 6:20.7541W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NG 4103 7392
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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