Accidental Discovery Solves An Enigma Related To Dinosaurs

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For several decades researchers have been puzzled by the elusive dinosaur species behind several prints that were made on the roof of a cave located in Queensland. The mystery has been solved by a chance discovery in the form of a dinosaur footprint located under the stairs of a home found in Sidney.

Paleontologists could explain the strange location of the tracks without problems. They were made on soft soil during the Jurassic period. As time went by, the tracks hardened while the soil that was found under the tracks was eroded, revealing the footprints in the ceiling of the caves.

A series of descriptions were made for the first time in the 1950s. It was believed that the footprints were made by a species of carnivorous dinosaurs that were similar to a T-Rex. However, it appeared that the dinosaurs walked on four legs, which was quite unusual.

Accidental Discovery Solves An Enigma Related To Dinosaurs

A team of researchers led by a renowned paleontologist has tried to obtain access to the caves for a long time, but the Queensland government barred them from entering the areas since they may be unsafe. This forced the researchers to rely on images recorded several decades ago.

During a chance encounter, the lead researcher talked to a woman who mentioned that her father was a former geologist with a keen interest related to dinosaurs. Ross Stainers was a well-known figure in the scientific community as he managed to track down and describe a large number of fossils. His daughters agreed to grant access to many of the materials collected by their father, including a plaster cast of a dinosaur footprint.

The plaster cast was a perfect match for the ones found on the ceiling of the Mount Morgan cave, and the team has managed to collect a sufficient amount of data that will allow them to solve the enigma. They concluded that two dinosaurs walked through the same area more than 200 million years ago.

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