Tiny Mammal Tracks Found, Said To Be 190 Million Years Old

July 24, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – A fascinating find has left paleontologists giddy, after hundreds of dime-sized footprints were found in a cave on the Utah-Colorado border, which are believed to have belonged to mammals that lived 190-million years ago.

“It’s just astonishing. We were giggling like kids,” Dan Chure was quoted by Physorg.

His excitement is understandable. The area that the tracks were found in belonged to a dangerous and desolate area at the time that they were made. The desert land was barren of most animal or plant life, and such cave mammals would be rare.

They also found some larger tracks, another huge surprise.

“This was a time when the ancestors of modern mammals were losing dominance on land to the dinosaurs. It’s near the beginning of a long time when dinosaurs ruled and our ancestors tried to stay out of the way,” George Engelmann, a paleontologist who originally spotted the tracks, explained.

Molds of the tracks will go on display at the Dinosaur National Monument.


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