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On Antarctic expedition: discovered 200 million year old dinosaur footprint


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Hannover (dpa) - In an Antarctic expedition, researchers have discovered a fossilized dinosaur footprint approximately 200 million years old. It is about the hand-sized trace of an animal from the group of archosaurs, said the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Hanover.

What type of dinosaur is exactly, is unclear. The researchers found the trail finder in January 2016 in the Helliwell Hills in northern Victoria Land, their findings were recently published in the journal "Polar Research".

In the southern Viktorialand dinosaur bones were already discovered, in the north, however, not even a tooth, said BGR expedition leader Andreas Läufer. "That was something we had not expected at all." In addition, scientists found fossilized remnants of forests around 1700 kilometers from the South Pole. "This is an indication that Antarctica was not the icy continent, as we know it today, about 200 million years ago," said Räufer.

Source: zeit

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