Hiker in Spain finds well-preserved 230-million-year-old reptile footprint
A hiker exploring the terrain not far from Barcelona, Spain in April found something unexpected – the footprint of a reptile that wandered the area roughly 230 million years ago, reports the Huffington Post.
The impression has been investigated by experts and declared to be in exceptional condition.
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In fact, so much detail remains, researchers from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have been able to make out marks from both the creature's claws and skin.
According to the Daily Mail, paleontologists believe the print found in Olesa de Montserrat was left by an Isochirotherium, an ancestor of both crocodiles and dinosaurs.
Though the prehistoric reptile walked on all fours, it had fairly long legs, giving it the appearance of having a somewhat upright stance.
The study of the fossilized print, which is considered among the finest ever found in the region, is ongoing, notes The Local.
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