150 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprints Found In Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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1:05 pm 13 Jun, 2016


Though dinosaurs went extinct millions and millions of years ago but they still interest almost everyone of us. They ruled the earth for many years and their extinction theory is being hypothesized by many geologists and archaeologists.



As per a report by TOI, Jainarayan Vyas University, Jodhpur’s geological department of has discovered 150 million-year-old footprints of Eubrontes Gleneronsensis Theropod dinosaurs in the Thaiyat area of Jaisalmer district.



It is believed that the carnivorous dinosaurs, who are believed to have been 1-3 meters tall, belonged to the coastal environment.

“Morphologically, footprints of Eubrontes Gleneronsesis Theropod dinosaurs are large about 30 cm long, tridactyle, strong with thick toes. Based on the size of footprints the body is estimated to be 1-3m tall and 5-7m in length,” said geologist and scientist Dr Virendra Singh Parihar.


The scientists there are working to discover flying and maritime reptiles from India as the Katrol formation of Kutch basin and Baisakhi formation of Jaisalmer basin are possible sites for fossils of dinosaurs, as well as flying and marine reptiles.



Dinosaurs’ eggs, bones, and teeth were found in India earlier but it’s the first time that the footprints of Eubrontes Gleneronsensis Theropod dinosaurs have been sighted. Previously, fossils of Eubrontes Theropod dinosaurs have been found in France, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Australia and the USA.



This discovery can help provide reasons behind the extinction of dinosaurs. The team reportedly discovered mass mortality horizon (bone bed) containing fossils of dinosaurs, crocodiles, gastropods and fishes from Fategarh formation with magnetic spherules, said the former head of the department of geology, Professor SC Mathur, JNV University.

‘The Times of India’ reported that intensive fieldwork in the Kutch and Jaisalmer basins suggest that after the main transgression during early Jurassic Period, the sea-level changed several times.



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