Dinosaur Footprints Uncovered: Giant Tide Exposes 200 Million-Year-Old Footprints

Dinosaur footprints that were uncovered following a giant tide, are making headlines today. The 200 million-year-old footprints were left behind by dinosaurs that once walked the area that is now known as Vendee in France, according to ABC News.

The footprints were first discovered back in 1963, but they are only visible when the tide is very low, and it was that low in recent days. The footprints were visible because there was a difference of 15.3 yards between low tide and high tide over the weekend.

According to ABC News, the city hall website shared a bit about the location for visitors.

“This open-air museum of dinosaur footprints counts among the richest we have from the Jurassic era.”

The dinosaur footprints measure about 17 inches in width, and it is being reported that the footprints belong to dinosaurs that were 8-feet 2-inches and 9-feet 10-inches in size. Paleontologists rushed to study the footprints after the tide exposed them for viewing.

At one time, there were a dozen different species that walked the area that is nothing more than a cliff overlooking a beach today. However, the site is one that will allow scientists to learn even more about the dinosaurs that once walked this planet.

Footprints of dinosaurs have been found in various locations around the world. Last month, ABC News Australia reported a new project that will further the study of dinosaur footprints located in Queensland. The $700,000 project will repair the “visitor facilities at the Dinosaur Trackways at the Lark Quarry Conservation Park near Winton.”

At the location, visitors can see footprints from dinosaurs that walked the earth 95 million years ago. The footprints found in France are more than 100 million years older.

At the moment, the facility is closed, but those involved with the project hope to have work completed by June. The photo at the top of this article contains some of the footprints left behind by dinosaurs that once lived in the area.

Butch Lenton, the mayor of Winton, spoke about the project with the media.

“As long as there are no delays – you would love to think we could get a rain delay but unfortunately the rain seems a little bit further away than we think at the moment. But if we can keep it on track for a June opening, that would be fantastic. We have to get this work going ahead so it is safe for everyone to visit. It will end up a bit of a restructure for the viewing area which will make that better too.”

People are still fascinated by dinosaurs. Scientists continue to study them in order to learn more. This summer, many will go to theaters to see Jurassic World.

This is not the only dinosaur find generating interest right now. According to a previous Inquisitr report, a fossil discovery made in Portugal is also receiving some attention. Scientists found the fossil of what appears to be a salamander type creature.

“The bones were dated to be roughly 220 million-years-old, and they are believed to belong to a new species of temnospondyl amphibian. The ancient beast has been given the scientific name Metoposaurus algarvensis. Fossils of the amphibian were excavated from mudstone from the long dried-up lake.”

The giant tide in France over the weekend allowed further study of the footprints left behind millions of years ago by dinosaurs. Scientists will continue to uncover fossils and more from the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. These studies will only unlock more of their secrets.

[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]