Dinosaur tracks from 113 million years ago uncovered due to severe drought conditions at Dinosaur Valley State Park

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Dinosaur tracks from about 113 million years ago have been revealed in Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas following a severe drought that dried up a river, the park said in a statement Monday.

“Most of the tracks recently uncovered and discovered on various parts of the river in the park belong to Acrocanthosaurus. This was a dinosaur that as an adult would be about 15 feet long and weigh nearly seven tons,” park spokesman Stephanie Salinas Garcia told CNN in an email.

The other species that left tracks in the park in Glen Rose, Texas, was Sauroposeidon, which as an adult would measure about 60 feet tall and weigh about 44 tons, Garcia added.

This summer’s extreme drought has left a river in the park completely dried up in most spots, revealing its tracks – the latest long-hidden secret recently uncovered as bodies of water dried up due to drought around the world. .

More than 60% of Texas experienced drought in two of its most intense categories last week, according to the US Drought Monitor. The state has also recently faced heatwaves that have pushed temperatures to the triple digits, warning millions of people about extreme heat.

The man-made climate crisis has also increased the potential for more frequent dramatic swings in periods of drought and high precipitation, such as flash flooding this week in the Dallas area.

Under normal weather conditions, the dinosaur tracks in the riverbed are submerged and filled with sediment, making them less visible, Garcia explained.

“Being able to find these discoveries and experience new dinosaur tracks is always an exciting time in the park!” Garcia added.

A close-up of the dinosaur tracks

Meanwhile, the tracks are expected to be reburied as rain is forecast, Garcia said, adding that the process helps protect the tracks from natural weathering and erosion.

“Although these newer dinosaur tracks were visible for a short time, it sparked the wonder and excitement of finding new dinosaur tracks in the park,” Garcia said. “Dinosaur Valley State Park will continue to protect these 113-million-year-old tracks, not just for present, but for generations to come.”

The tracks are just the latest discovery from declining water levels due to drought, both in the U.S. and abroad: Five sets of human remains have been discovered at Utah’s Lake Mead in recent months as the reservoir has dropped to approximately 27% of its full capacity.

In eastern Serbia, dozens of German warships still laden with explosives were uncovered in the drying Danube River. A prehistoric stone circle called the Spanish Stonehenge was unveiled in the dwindling Valdecanas Reservoir in rural Spain. And Buddhist statues believed to be 600 years old were found in the depleted Yangtze River.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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