Friday 4 December 2015

An Ancient Nessie? Long-Neck Dinos Once Prowled Scottish Lagoon

by Laura Geggel, Staff Writer | December 01, 2015 01:53pm ET

Hundreds of dinosaur footprints and handprints dating to 170 million years ago adorn the shore on the Isle of Skye, making it the largest dinosaur site ever discovered in Scotland, a new study finds.

The discovery proves that dinosaurs — likely long-necked, four-legged, herbivorous sauropods — splashed around Scotland during the Middle Jurassic period, the researchers said.

"These footprints were made in a lagoon, which is a pretty interesting environment for dinosaurs," said study lead researcher Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh. "We can tell that they were making these footprints while they were walking underwater — probably shallow water."

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