A team of Mongolian and Japanese archaeologists have discovered the world’s largest dinosaur footprint in Mongolian Gobi desert. The footprint is of a Titanosaur, who roamed the earth approximately 90 million years ago. Well, as you can see, the size of the footprint is nearly a grown up human, measuring 30 inches wide and 42 inches long.
Mongolia is known for dinosaur footprints and several such footprints have been discovered in the past in Mongolian desert. This biggest footprint was unearthed last month in a geological layer. The Okayama University of Science was involved in the research with the Mongolian Academy of Science. Most of the dinosaur footprints were found in Mongolian desert.
Okayama University of Science said in a statement, “This is a very rare discovery as it’s a well-preserved fossil footprint that is more than a meter long with imprints of its claws.”
Named aft the mythological gods of ancient Greece, the Titans, “titanic lizard” is the meaning of Titanosaur. It belongs to the ‘sauropods’ species of dinosaurs, that was first described by Lydekker in 1877. The footprint formed is natural and it may have formed after the gigantic animal stomped once on the miry ground and sand flowed into the dents.
Titanosaurs was herbivorous and they only ate plants to increase energy. They had the longest neck among all other dinosaurs. At the time of birth, the babies of this species weighted nearly 4kg. This species weighted around 30 kg in a week from its birth. It takes nearly 20 years for a baby to become a full-grown dinosaur.