This is a guest blog, by Juanita from Dinosaur Home.
The very first Dinosaur tracks in the Arab Peninsula!
A recent discovery of Dinosaur tracks teaches us on the lives of the ancient creatures.
The tracks belongs to sauropods and the other tracks walking in the opposite direction belong to an ornithopod.
Can you imagine the small herd walking probably to find food and crossing path with another dinosaur walking in the opposite direction.
Because of the tracks it can be seen that the young ones in the herd kept up with the older ones taking more steps. This is something that can’t be learned from studying individual remains.
The research of the area will continue; hoping for more interesting findings.
Dinosaur tracks recently discovered on the Arabian Peninsula are not only the first of their kind in the region, but they also reveal more about the herding behavior of the prehistoric beasts.
The footprints, left by a group of 11 plant-eaters that walked on all fours, along with a lone dino that stood on its hind legs, were found on a coastal mudflat in Yemen.
The footprints left by the herding herbivores varied in size, implying a roving group of adults and children. “Smaller individuals had shorter stride lengths, and took more steps to keep up with the larger individuals,” says Nancy Stevens, an assistant professor of paleontology at Ohio University in Athens, and a co-author of the paper describing the evidence published online by PLoS ONE.
Researchers identified the quadrupedal roamers as sauropods, which had long necks and tails attached to a beefy, elephantlike body. The adults in the sauropod group likely rose 10 to 13 feet (three to four meters) in height making them about as tall as, but probably longer than a bus. The tracks, which run alongside an ancient waterway that has since dried up, imply that the wandering herd may have been searching for food. “This mudflat would have been like a highway for them, with little tree cover,” says lead author Anne Schulp, a paleontologist at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
The second set of tracks, which head in the opposite direction, belonged to an upright-standing dinosaur called an ornithopod. The scientists say it is unlikely the sauropods were in danger or felt threatened if they crossed paths with the other dino, because it was also a plant eater. Nevertheless, Schulp says he would not be surprised to find remains of large carnivores nearby, because they typically lurked wherever potential prey hung out.
For more information check [the complete article in Scientific American] here.
Yemen embraces its Jurassic past: here.