Dinosaur species was present well before the human being arrived on the planet. However, the fossils, footprints, and various other shreds of evidence have proven their existence over a long period of time.
Recently, dozens of dinosaur footprints were discovered in East Sussex, which is well-preserved. It is believed that these were imprinted on the areas at least 100 million years ago. The researchers from Cambridge University have found different types of footprints belonging to at least 7 species. These species include Ankylosaurus, Iguanodon, a category of stegosaurus, a few from a sauropod group, and carnivorous theropods. The discovery was made during the past four winters after the coastal erosion at the cliffs near Hastings.
The size of the footprints ranges in between less than 2 cm and over 60 cm across. These are so well preserved that not only the imprint but also the skin, scales, and claws are easily visible, making the study easier for the researchers. The area showcases over 85 markings that belong to the Cretaceous period.
Hastings has always presented interesting reasons for the researchers and fossil seekers with abundant items that range from a completely unknown fish to the bits and pieces of dinosaur bones. However, footprints were previously scarce. This is the first time in 25 years when the footprints were found. However, the latest set of footprints are more detailed and varied than ever discovered.
Dr. Neil Davies and Anthony Shillito have reported the study in a journal and stated that the fossils that carry the entire body of the dinosaurs are rare but the set of footprints found in this manner helps fill up the missing links and understand the distribution of the species of dinosaurs across the globe. Anthony Shillito mentioned that the minute detail of the fossil clearly depicted the four-toed claw, scales, as well as skin.