A young girl, Lily Wilder has discovered a 220 million-year-old dinosaur footprint on a beach. She spotted the print, at Bendricks Bay, Barry, in the Vale of Glamorgan. According to scientists, this footprint could help in establishing the way dinosaurs walked.
Lily’s mother, Sally Wilder revealed that:
It was Lily and Richard (her father) who discovered the footprint. Lily saw it when they were walking along and said ‘daddy look’. When Richard came home and showed me the photograph, I thought it looked amazing. Richard thought it was too good to be true. I was put in touch with experts who took it from there.Sally Wilder
Palaeontology Curator for Wales’ National Museum, Cindy Howells described this 220 Million-year-old Dinosaur footprint as “the best specimen ever found on this beach.”
It’s one of the best-preserved examples from anywhere in the UK and will really aid palaeontologists to get a better idea about how these early dinosaurs walked. During the Covid pandemic scientists from Amgueddfa Cymru have been highlighting the importance of nature on people’s doorstep and this is a perfect example of this. Obviously, we don’t all have dinosaur footprints on our doorstep but there is wealth of nature local to you if you take the time to really look close enough.Cindy Howells
Though we are yet to know the type of dinosaur that left the footprint, according to experts, it is 10cm in length and likely from a dinosaur of height 75cm.
The fossil was extracted this week and will be taken to National Museum Cardiff where it will be protected for future generations to enjoy, and for scientists to study.National Museum Wales
The first appearance of dinosaurs came about 230 million years ago, and this footprint explains an early point in their evolution.