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Bones of a giant dinosaur have been found in the Texas Riverbed, which dried up during the extreme drought

The river water levels dropped because of the effects of heavy rain, which has led to new dinosaur tracks being discovered.



Due to the prolonged drought in Texas, a river has dried up, revealing dinosaur tracks that were previously submerged.

Due to the severe drought affecting Texas and other southwestern states in the United States, the Paluxy River, which flows through Dinosaur Valley State Park, is significantly lower than it was. This has exposed dinosaur footprints that were previously hidden by the river.

Located roughly 60 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Dinosaur Valley State Park is home to numerous dinosaur footprints, the majority of which belong to extinct sauropods and theropods. The riverbed tracks have never been seen before. Dinosaur Valley State Park shared a video online that showed the newly discovered footprints, which looked like deep grooves in the muddy riverbed and were as wide as several human hands.

Herbivorous sauropods like the Diplodocus and Brontosaurus had feet as broad and flat as an elephant’s. Instead, the feet of theropods like T. rex and velociraptors were characterized by claws and three toes. The asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago included both sauropods and theropods.

The website for Dinosaur Valley State Park claims that many of the theropod tracks found there do not display the typical three-toed pattern because the tracks were created in slushy, thick mud.

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It is estimated that the tracks in the park were made around 113 million years ago, during the middle of the Cretaceous Period, when the Dallas area of Texas was located on the coast of a sea. The mud along this shoreline reportedly had the ideal consistency for preserving tracks due to calcium carbonate deposits from the shells of crustaceans, as stated on the park’s website.

In a comment below the video, the park said, “Right now, due to the very low river conditions, more tracks are now visible than under normal conditions.” The best time to visit the park to look for tracks and investigate that area is now.

The National Parks Service has recognized Dinosaur Valley State Park as a National Natural Landmark due to the park’s preservation of dinosaur footprints.

As reported by the United States Drought Monitor, nearly the entire state of Texas is experiencing drought conditions, with about a quarter of the state classified as being in “exceptional drought.”

Extreme heat, frequent wildfires, and rapid evaporation of water from crucial reservoirs are also consequences of the megadrought currently affecting Texas and many other states in the southwestern United States, in addition to the depletion of the Paluxy River.

A water shortage brought on by the ongoing drought has also unearthed some peculiar subterranean phenomena. Five sets of human remains, including one found inside a barrel riddled with bullet holes, have been uncovered by the receding waters of Lake Mead on the border between Nevada and Arizona.

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