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Dinosaur tracks from 113 million years ago have been uncovered due to severe drought in texas


GLEN ROSE, TX– Dinosaur tracks from around 113 million years ago have been uncovered Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas because of severe drought conditions that a river has dried up, the park said in a statement Monday.

“Most of the tracks that have recently been uncovered and discovered at various points along the river in the park belong to Acrocanthosaurus. This was a dinosaur that was about 15 feet tall as an adult and[weighed]nearly seven tons,” park spokeswoman Stephanie Salinas Garcia told CNN in an email.

Dinosaur tracks dating back about 113 million years have been discovered at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas, the park said in a statement Aug. 22.

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The other species that made a mark at the park in Glen Rose, Texas, was Sauroposeidon, which would be about 60 feet tall and weigh about 44 tons as an adult, Garcia added.

Excessive drought this summer has caused one river in the park to completely dry up in most places. uncovering the tracks — the latest long-hidden secret, revealed recently as water bodies have dried up due to drought conditions around the world.

Dinosaur tracks from around 113 million years ago are shown here.

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More than 60% of Texas suffered from drought last week in two of the most intense categories, according to the US Drought Monitor. The state has also seen heatwaves of late, which have pushed temperatures into the triple digits and left millions under excessive heat warnings.

The man-made climate crisis has also raised the potential for more frequent dramatic swings in drought and heavy rainfall, such as this week’s flash flooding in the Dallas area.

MORE: Storms caused by the climate crisis stunned parts of Texas hit by “lightning drought” this summer

Under normal weather conditions, dinosaur tracks found in the river bed are underwater and filled with sediment, making them less visible, Garcia explained.

“Being able to find these discoveries and experience new dinosaur tracks is always an exciting time at the park!” Garcia added.

In the meantime, the tracks are expected to be reburied as rain is forecast, said Garcia, who added the process will help protect the tracks from natural weathering and erosion.

“Although these newer dinosaur tracks were visible for a short time, it led to the wonder and excitement of finding new dinosaur tracks in the park,” Garcia said. “Dinosaur Valley State Park will protect these 113-million-year-old tracks not only for the present but for future generations.”

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The tracks are just the latest discovery uncovered by falling water levels due to drought both in the US and abroad: Five human remains were discovered at Lake Mead in recent months as the reservoir has dropped to approximately 27% of its full capacity.

In eastern Serbia, dozens of German warships still loaded with explosives were abandoned in the drying up Danube. A prehistoric stone circle dubbed the Spanish Stonehenge has been discovered in the shrinking Valdecanas reservoir in rural Spain. And Buddhist statues believed to be 600 years old have been found in the depleted Yangtze River.

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Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.