The footprints belong to two sauropods, the largest of which is 26 feet long.  Dinosaurs walked the earth 100 million years ago

The footprints of the largest dinosaur species in the world that lived 100 million years ago have been found in China

Giant footprints of the world’s largest species of dinosaur, the sauropod, which roamed the Earth 100 million years ago, have been revealed in the courtyard of a restaurant in China.

Sauropods are enormous in size, can be up to 50 feet long, and have long necks and tails. The famous Brontosaurus is part of this group.

The footprints were spotted by Ou Hongtao, a restaurateur at the restaurant located in Leshan District, who noticed several large pits in the patio stones. These prints are also the first evidence of dinosaurs roaming the city.

Paleontologists were called to the scene and determined that the prints had been made by two dinosaurs with the largest having a body length of about 26 feet.

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The footprints belong to two sauropods, the largest of which is 26 feet long. Dinosaurs walked the earth 100 million years ago

The restaurant was previously a chicken farm and at that time, the footprints were covered in a layer of dirt. This is what protects and preserves them, according to CNN.

The restaurateur said he removed the dirt to expose the large boulders, but enjoyed the natural look of the uneven stones and left them as is rather than covered with a layer of cement.

The researchers confirmed the fingerprints with a 3D ground scanner, which uses radar pulses to image the interior of the Earth without destroying the Earth or in this case dinosaur footprints.

The footprints are now fenced to prevent people from trampling on them, and the owner is considering covering them with a shed, Lida Xing, a paleontologist and assistant professor at the China University of Geosciences, told CNN.

Footprints were spotted in the courtyard of a restaurant in China.  Paleontologists drew parts of each footprint belonging to the huge dinosaurs

Footprints were spotted in the courtyard of a restaurant in China. Paleontologists drew parts of each footprint belonging to the huge dinosaurs

Sauropods are enormous in size, can reach 50 feet in length, and have long necks and tails.

China’s vast landscape is famous for dinosaur discoveries, with an earlier embryo set in 2021.

In December, an exquisitely preserved dinosaur embryo was found wrapped inside a fossilized egg, discovered in southern China, dating back about 66-72 million years.

The fetus, nicknamed “Baby Yingliang”, was found in the “Hekou Formation” rocks in Shahe Industrial Park in Ganzhou City, Jiangxi Province.

Paleontologists led by the University of Birmingham said that baby Yingliang belonged to a species of toothless beaked dinosaur, or “oviraptorosaurs”.

Oviraptors, which were once feathered, are found in the rocks of Asia and North America and have beaks of various sizes allowing them to adopt a wide variety of diets.

The researchers confirmed the fingerprints with a 3D ground scanner, which uses radar pulses to image the interior of the Earth without destroying the Earth or in this case dinosaur footprints.

The researchers confirmed the fingerprints with a 3D ground scanner, which uses radar pulses to image the interior of the Earth without destroying the Earth or in this case dinosaur footprints.

Pictured is the introduction of Resta

Pictured is the introduction of Resta

The specimen is one of the most complete known dinosaur embryos and is particularly distinguished by a position closer to that seen in embryonic birds than that normally found in dinosaurs.

Specifically, Baby Yingliang was close to hatching, his head was lower than his body, his back was curled to the sharp end of the egg and his feet were on either side.

Baby Yingliang takes its nickname from the Yingliang Stone Museum of Natural History in Xiamen, which it holds among its fossil collections.

An exquisitely preserved dinosaur embryo has been found wrapped inside a fossilized egg (pictured), discovered in southern China, dating back to about 66-72 million years ago.  This discovery, made in December, is one of many in China

An exquisitely preserved dinosaur embryo was found twisted inside a fossilized egg (pictured), unearthed in southern China, dated to about 66-72 million years ago. This discovery, made in December, is one of many in China

Researchers believe that the embryonic Oviraptorosaurus would have been about 10.6 inches (27 cm) from head to tail, but was developing inside a 6.7 inches (17 cm) egg.

In modern birds, such a situation is assumed during “tucking” – an embryonic behavior controlled by the central nervous system that is critical to successful hatching.

The discovery of such behavior in Baby Yingliang suggests that this is not unique to birds, but may have evolved first among non-avian theropod dinosaurs.

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