4-Year-Old Finds Well-Preserved Dinosaur Footprint On Beach

4-Year-Old Finds Well-Preserved Dinosaur Footprint On Beach

4-Year-Old Finds Well-Preserved Dinosaur Footprint On Beach

The National Museum in Cardiff, which is now closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said that Lily and her classmates would be invited to the exhibition once it reopens.

Cindy Howells, a paleontology curator with Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales, explained to NBC News, they could learn some information from the size and look of the footprint, but that is was nearly impossible to identify the type of dinosaur that left the "grallator" - a small, three-toed print made by a variety of bipedal dinosaurs.

The print was most likely left by a small and slim dinosaur that walked on its two hind feet.

She added that it was "one of the best-preserved examples from anywhere in the United Kingdom and will really aid palaeontologists to get a better idea about how these early dinosaurs walked".

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

Dinosaurs first appeared on the Earth about 230 million years ago, which means this footprint "represents a very important early point in their evolution, when the different groups of dinosaurs were first diversifying", the museum said.

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum of Wales Palaeontology curator Cindy Howells was notified of the find and has described it as the best specimen ever found on this beach.

"It was on a low rock, shoulder height for Lily, and she just spotted it and said, 'Look, Daddy, '" the girl's mother, Sally Wilder, told NBC News.

Shortly after, The National Museum of Wales was in touch with the Wilder family, and officials have since retrieved the print and put it in the museum.

"This discovery is unique and worth protecting - we will be studying the footprint and it will teach us a lot more about dinosaur feet and their bone and muscle structure".

It is impossible to identify exactly what type of dinosaur left it, although experts typically classify the print as a Grallator.

The footprint, spotted in January, is 220 million years old and had been preserved in mud.

The girl, named in a National Museum Wales press release as Lily Wilder, found the footprint on a beach near the sea.

The fossil was extracted earlier this week and will be taken to National Museum Cardiff where it will be protected for future generations to enjoy and scientists to study, the statement added. "Obviously, we don't all have dinosaur footprints on our doorstep but there is a wealth of nature local to you if you take the time to really look close enough".

The National Museum Cardiff said in a statement that the safely removed dinosaur footprint will soon be taken to the museum, which is now closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. "The BIGC, Amgueddfa Cymru or Natural Resources Wales should be contacted in the event of a new discovery".

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