New York, August 23: An amateur dinosaur hunter announced last week that he had discovered a rare cretaceous footprint from a nodosaur at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center – likely left more than 110 million years ago.
Ray Stanford believes the dinosaur was running – potentially away from a predator – when it left the footprint.
“This is really quite a rare find,” the New York Daily News quoted Stanford as saying in a video posted on NASA’s website this week.
“Nodosaur tracks are not often found.
“There are some out West and up in British Columbia and Canada, but we don’t have a whole lot of them in the U.S,” he said.
According to the Washington Post, Stanford said that the plant-eating dinosaur made the nearly 14-inch-wide imprint with his back left foot.
Excited by the discovery, NASA scientists have accepted Stanford’s research, and will reportedly bring in more expert opinions to fully confirm the finding. (ANI)