World’s Smallest Dinosaur Footprint [Museum Week]
Can you see it?
This is the world’s smallest dinosaur footprint and has been officially recognized by the book of Guinness World Records in 2006. The Hunterian’s curator of fossils discovered it by chance in 2005 while examining a larger footprint on the surface of the same rock. The smaller one was found between its toes. The dinosaur that made this tiny footprint was no bigger that a blackbird. The footprint is from the Middle Jurassic Period (170 million years old).
The fossilized footprint, the bigger one which is about 10cm long, was found in Trotternish, Isle of Skye, Scotland. The smaller footprint, within the larger one, is a mere 1.78cm long.
So, assuming you can’t see it in the pic above, you can find a few better shots, showing the tiny tiny footprint in the Hunterian Collections Catalogue at http://www.huntsearch.gla.ac.uk. (The link directs you to the tiny footprint page.)
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This post is a part of Museum Week (July 20th – 26th)
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