When it comes to dinosaurs, most people immediately recalls the two-legged dinosaurs that millions of years ago were considered the most dangerous and bloodthirsty predators. As a rule, in imagination, visualize the image of a tyrannosaurs that lived on the territory of North America. Recently, however, scientists have found clear indications that like those huge predators of creatures lived in the lands of present Australia. About this, at least, shows a footprint of the ancient monster, found during coal mining in the Australian state of Queensland. To what species the dinosaur, who left a huge footprint, is unknown. But today he would have easily caught up to any man and ripped to pieces.
A dangerous predator
According to scientific publications ScienceAlert, the footprint of an ancient predator has been found 90 years ago. The researchers learned about it only recently when I found a stock photo of the 1930-ies, in which appears the ancient trail. His age was estimated at 160 million years — it turns out that an unknown predator lived 90 million years earlier than Tyrannosaurus. However, he also reached 3 meters in height, and the length of his feet was equal to 80 centimeters. According to the researchers, this is the approximate distance from the center of the human chest to the tip of your fingers at arm’s length.
Subsequently, scientists were able to find more traces of the mysterious dinosaurs. Measuring the distance between them, scientists have suggested that they ran at a speed of about 35 kilometers per hour. For comparison, the speed the average person is about 24 kilometers per hour. That is, if ancient predators lived in our times, they would have easily caught up with us and was brutally torn to pieces. It’s almost the same as angry bear — if a huge animal was chasing you, running it makes no sense, because it will still catch up with you.
Dinosaur footprints are well preserved, due to favourable environmental conditions. Apparently, once upon a time in southern Queensland, there were many swamps. A huge creature walked through a swampy area left deep traces, which are subsequently filled with sand and particles of coal. After millions of years, researchers needed only to remove the remains of the coal and to release the sand — the tracks are highly detailed and tell a lot about the life of ancient predators.
Ancient animals of Australia
According to researchers, thanks to the watchful eyes of the miners, in the future they will be able to discover even more such traces. Made by the same opening revealed more details about the wildlife of ancient Australia. Previously, scientists had known only what the home of kangaroos lived only herbivorous dinosaurs like the huge sauropod with a long neck. These dinosaurs are well researched and their skeletons can be seen in the Museum of the Australian state of Queensland.
Signs that the Australian lands inhabited by predators, of course, were also. But the existence of similar to tyrannosaurs giants researchers had no idea and believed that these predators the size was comparable to that of modern chickens. Doesn’t sound so scary, right?
Perhaps unknown to science predators of Australia is relatively newly opened allosaurus (Allosaurus Jimmadseni). About this dinosaur I said in the beginning of 2020 — it was very similar to tyrannosaurs size and their cruelty. The researchers believe that they were so prompt and strong that I could even attack a stegosaurus, which ate plants and reached 4 meters in height.