Biggest ever dinosaur footprints found in France

 a sauropoda dinosaur footprint  discovered in Pagne, north of Lyon, France

I found this article very interesting and it related to the topics we have recently studied in class. The law of superposition and Un-conformity’s. “The imprints are believed to have been those of sauropod dinosaurs, the gentle herbivorous giants which roamed the region about 150m years ago. They appear to have been well preserved by a thick layer of limestone sediment dating from the late Jurassic period – the geological era named after the Jura mountains which lie just to the north of where the tracks were discovered.” This statement made in the article applies to everything we have learned so far this semester, it talks about and contains information such as superposition, Absolute time, and nonconformity’s.  The absolute time we covered and broke down in class based around the time periods of Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic.  But then this article also contains a nonconformity because of erosion because this foot print came out of no where and appeared on the service for these amateur enthusiasts to spot out.

The reason this foot print got so much attention and is such a big deal is because it is the biggest foot print found from a dinosaur, measuring2 meters (6ft 6in) in diameter.”These are very large distances,” said Hantzpergue. “We’ve seen tracks of maybe 50 meters in France, around 100 meters in Switzerland, and the world record is in Portugal … with about 150 meters. Now, we still have many hectares to search but we will undoubtedly have more than 150 meters at Plagne.” It’s crazy to think that foot prints are still being found of dinosaurs we have never seen or heard of, the fact that this is the biggest footprint found is very exciting to hear about. They discuss how this area was very popular for finding foot prints back in 2004 on the Swiss side but its just unique to find this one and its so big. That foot print is about the size of a NBA player which is huge if you think about it that’s only its foot. I thought this article was interesting to read and I wanted to share it with the rest of our class because of how much it pertains to what we have learned so far., also that it is the biggest dinosaur foot print in the world right now.

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3 Responses to Biggest ever dinosaur footprints found in France

  1. austinmichalke1 says:

    Wow, I cannot believe there was something that once lived on this planet that had a footprint that was SIX FEET across. That’s pretty amazing. I enjoyed reading this article and I always wondered where the word “Jurassic” came from. Now I know, thanks.

  2. alexmckinzie says:

    Dang this is incredible to think that there was once something that walked on this planet and had the foot size of my height. It is amazing that specialists can notice a dinosaur footprint out of that pile of dirt that I see. ha

  3. jessicatibbs says:

    If there was no picture with this article, I’m not sure I would believe it!! It’s crazy to know that something so massive was once alive. I wonder what it would be like to have whatever caused this print still live among us….
    I’m so amazed. The foot print is almost a foot longer than me.

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