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Dinosaur footprints discovered in Denali National Park

By Jennifer Pilgrim,

Researchers at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska have discovered what appears to be footprints of herds of dinosaurs that once roamed the land. Thousands of fossilized hadrosaur tracks have been found over the last decade, and scientists are saying that this is only the beginning of understanding more about the ancient beasts.

According to Alaska Dispatch News, the fossilized tracks in Denali are the biggest set found as far North as they were. They are also the first tracks to show various ages of the same species of dinosaurs travelling together.

"As I like to tell the park, Denali was a family destination for millions of years, and now we've got the fossil evidence for it," jokes Anthony Fiorillo, a researcher studying the tracks. He is the curator of Earth sciences at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, reports Fox News.

The first footprint of this species was discovered in 2005, and was only about 100 feet from a very well-travelled road. This discovery is now on display at the Murie Science and Learning Center. Colleagues of Fiorillo from Japan, Alaska, and Texas have been documenting and discovering new tracks since 2011. More exhibits with copies of the dinosaur fossils and footprints are on display both in the Denali park and at the Perot Museum in Texas.

 
 

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