Lily Wilder, a little girl, has made a big discovery: a well-preserved dinosaur footprint on a Welsh beach. The footprint was spotted by Lily as she was walking along a beach near Barry in South Wales, The Independent reported.
According to scientists, this 220 million-year-old dinosaur footprint could help us better understand how dinosaurs walked.
“It was on a low rock, shoulder height for Lily, and she just spotted it and said, ‘look Daddy,'” Lily’s mother Sally Wilder, 41, told NBC News on Saturday, January 30. “When Richard came home and showed me the photograph I thought it looked amazing. “Richard thought it was too good to be true. I was put in touch with experts who took it from there.”
The dinosaur footprint was discovered by Lily at Bendricks Bay. Although this is a beach known for its dinosaur footprints, this particular discovery is indeed extraordinary.
The finding was described by National Museum of Wales Palaeontology curator Cindy Howells as “the best specimen ever found on this beach.”
It is not possible to determine which dinosaur made the footprint 220 million years ago, however, it can be gathered that the footprint, which is just over 10 cm in length, is likely to have been made by a dinosaur that stood about 75 cm tall and 2.5 m long.
This week, the fossil was extracted and taken to the National Museum Cardiff. It will be preserved there.
“Its spectacular preservation may help scientists establish more about the actual structure of their feet as the preservation is clear enough to show individual pads and even claw impressions,” National Museum Wales said in a statement.