Thursday, 16 April 2020

Dinosaurs Overhead Underground

Dinosaurs Overhead Underground

500 metres below the Causse Méjean karst plateau, in the Castelbouc cave on the River Tarn, a scientist on a caving trip spotted dinosaur footprints on the roof of a rather large cavity. 

A scientist on a caving trip happened to spot dinosaur tracks in the ceiling of Castelbouc Cave in France. Credit: Jean-David Moreau et al./J. Vertebr. Paleontol.
The result is THIS ARTICLE based on THIS JOURNAL ARTICLE (you need to pay to see more than the abstract, unfortunately).

It seems that access is difficult and not for the likes of me, but it is reported that the tracks were made by some very large beastie, presumed to be titanosauriforms. Indeed the authors erect the new ichnogenus and ichnospecies Occitanopodus gandi, igen. et isp. nov. I suppose all the abbreviations mean something to the people professionally concerned with the matter.

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