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Dinosaur footprint found on Bendricks Beach

 

A well-preserved dinosaur footprint has been discovered by a four-year-old girl on the Bendricks Beach.

Lily Wilder, aged 4 made the discovery, with scientists believing it could help establish how they walked.

The footprint, which was originally discovered in January, is believed to be 220 million years old and has been preserved in mud.

Whilst scientists are unable to tell what type of dinosaur left it, the print is 10cm long and likely to be from a 75cm tall dinosaur.

National Museum Wales palaeontology curator Cindy Howells described it as "the best specimen ever found on this beach".

"It was Lily and Richard (her father) who discovered the footprint," said mum Sally.

"Lily saw it when they were walking along and said 'daddy look'. When Richard came home and showed me the photograph, I thought it looked amazing.

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"Richard thought it was too good to be true. I was put in touch with experts who took it from there."

The dinosaur which left it was described as "a slender animal" which would have walked on its two hind feet and actively hunted other small animals and insects.

Similar footprints in the USA are known to have been made by the dinosaur Coelophysis.

Specimens found at Bendricks Bay in the past are thought to be from more crocodilian-type reptiles rather than dinosaurs.

Special permission had to be sought from Natural Resources Wales to legally remove the footprint, with the fossil extracted this week and taken to National Museum Cardiff where it will be preserved.

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