In Texas, the drought has revealed tracks of dinosaurs that have never been seen since man’s existence. The tracks were discovered at the Dinosaur Valley Part, which is home to hundreds of tracks of different dinosaurs and prehistoric animals.
“After The Drought of 2022 Huge Dinosaur Tracks Appear in the Paluxy River at Dinosaur Valley State Park. B.P. Baker Site. Normally these are under water and mud,” the Park announced on its Facebook page.
“Most tracks that have recently been uncovered and discovered at different parts of the river in the park belong to Acrocanthosaurus. This was a dinosaur that would stand, as an adult, about 15 feet tall and (weigh) close to seven tons,” park spokesperson Stephanie Salinas Garcia told CNN in an email.
This was not the first time the tracks of dinosaurs were seen in the area. Experts believe that over 100 million years ago, the extinct creature lived in the area alongside other animals that are no longer in existence. However, this was the first time these exact tracks were seen at the park.
“These were the first distinct sauropod tracks ever found. For the first time, scientists could see that sauropods walked on all four legs, rather than relying on water to support their weight. The tracks gave scientists valuable evidence of dinosaur habits and activities,” the Park’s website said.
Jeff Davis, the park’s superintendent, said the tracks “either haven’t been seen for decades, or you know, that maybe haven’t been seen anybody in anyone’s living memory. So that is what makes it kind of special, what’s going on right now.”
“These dinosaurs were walking in this thick, sticky mud along the edge of the sea, and then that was all covered up with silt and sediment and eventually turned into limestone and then was preserved,” Davis added.
Under normal circumstances, the dinosaur tracks are not so visible because they were beneath the waters and are filled with sediment.
“Being able to find these discoveries and experience new dinosaur tracks is always an exciting time at the park!” Garcia said.
“While these newer dinosaur tracks were visible for a brief amount of time, it brought about the wonder and excitement about finding new dinosaur tracks at the park,” Garcia added, saying “Dinosaur Valley State Park will continue to protect these 113-million-year-old tracks not only for present, but future generations.”
The dinosaur tracks are expected to become invisible again in the coming days after the rains fall. However, there are fears that they could gradually wash away if they are not properly protected.
Davis said the river “has all the time in the world to wear those tracks away,” and it is just a matter of time for that to happen.
Hundreds of volunteers are currently working at the park to keep the dinosaur tracks safe for tourists and visitors. While many people are praying for the rains to fall, dinosaur lovers in Texas are grateful that the drought revealed a treasure behind the waters.