Researchers in southwestern Arkansas recently discovered 120 million-year-old dinosaur footprints and now those dinosaur tracks are being examined.
The fossils were found on private property in an area that covers approximately the size of two football fields. The fossils are particularly exciting because the species found has never before been witnessed in Arkansas.
According to researchers at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, they believed the three-toed print belonged to the Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, one of the largest predators to walk the earth.
Also found on the small patch of area are prints for suaropods, plant-eating dinosaurs with large necks.
Scientists will use the dinosaur tracks to better understand the Early Cretaceous period which occurred from 115 to 120 million years ago.
Brian Platt of the University of Kansas told Fox News:
“Through tracks, we can learn all sorts of things about dinosaur biomechanics and behavior.” Platt went on to add, “Dinosaur bones can be dragged away by animals or swept out to sea. But we know that about 120 million years ago, dinosaurs walked right through here.”
Researchers will continue examining the area and footprints will be excavated and examined to determine more about the dinosaurs that lived in the area and to better understand their environment.