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Scientists discover the world’s largest dinosaur footprint

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Dinosaurs bigger than a double-decker bus roamed the Isle of Skye in Scotland 170 million years ago, scientists say, reported News.com.au (Australia).

Dozens of footprints of early sauropods — the largest animals to walk the planet — were unearthed in a lagoon on the remote Scottish hideaway, The Sun reports.

Others were made by the older theropod cousins of T-Rex as herds splashed about in the muddy shallows.

It suggests that far from being strict landlubbers, they waded into the water for food.

Edinburgh University’s Dr Steve Brusatte led the field team.

He said of the rare Middle Jurassic find: “The sauropods were more than 49 feet (15m) long and weighed more than 10 tonne.

“It appears as if these tracks were made in shallow water — so the dinosaurs look like they were probably wading.

“The water may have been quite shallow — maybe only a few feet deep or even less.

“It’s hard to say exactly why these dinosaurs were in the lagoon — but we seem to be finding more and more footprints of lagoon-dwelling dinosaurs these days.”

The island is famous for its dramatic landscapes, some carved during the age of the dinosaurs. It was recently voted the most desirable place in Britain to live.

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