Today we walked in the footprints of dinosaurs.
200 million year old dinosaur footprints.
We bumped in to a friend at our local beach yesterday and she mentioned that there were dinosaur footprints on another local beach, one I've never heard of before. We did some Googling and found the location at The Bendricks further along the coast.
As we headed there today with woolly hats and thick Winter coats on it was hard to believe that 200 million years ago the site lay in the north belt of the equator and was a hot, arid dessert resided in by three-toed theropod dinosaurs, some of the earliest dinosaurs to roam the world. The beach is quite a secluded beach with huge shelves of sandstone and siltstone rock, and it's in here that there's a pathway of dimples. At low tide when these are filled with water left over from the high tide, the effect is quite amazing. We found them really easily and worked out how tall they would have been from the distance in the stride and the depth of the footprints.
It was quite amazing to see the series of footprints and know that they are imprints of prehistoric animals, on our little coastline! One in particular was really obvious as being from a three-toed animal, wich spurred us on to having a go at making our own three-toed footprints in the sand before managing to find real 'dinosaur eggs' buried in the sand. Of course we replaced them in case they hatched!
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