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113-Million-Year-Old Dino Tracks Said to Have Been Revealed by ‘Excessive Drought’ Are Already Back Under Water Due to ‘Heavy Rains’


Newly discovered 113-million-year-old dinosaur tracks, recently revealed in Glen Rose, Texas thanks to “excessive drought,” are no longer visible as they’ve been covered by “heavy rains.”


Every news outlet from NPR to the New York Post has recently reported on a new set of dinosaur tracks revealed at a Texas state park made visible by “excessive drought” conditions in the region. Unfortunately for people who wanted to go and see the tracks for themselves, however, they’re no longer visible. Due, ironically, to “heavy rains.”

KSAT News reported on the discovery, noting the tracks were discovered at the state park last week after “a year of excessive drought.” The news outlet noted, subsequently, that the “exciting discovery won’t last for long… [as] Heavy rains have recently flooded the area… .”

Indeed Texas Parks & Wildlife wrote on Twitter that “113 million-year-old dinosaur tracks were uncovered at Dinosaur Valley State Park!” but “then it rained.” It’s unclear how much rain fell on the state park—specifically the Paluxy River that runs through the park, where the fossilized tracks were found—but it’s been enough, apparently, to send the tracks back “underwater.”

ABC News reported, however, that the U.S. Drought Monitor—which monitors drought levels for different states—reported that more than 60% of Texas has still been experiencing drought recently, and in the two most intense categories. Although, for historical reference, it seems Texas’ current drought levels are comparable to the 2006 calendar year, and not nearly as bad as 2011, which saw “the worst single-year drought” on record.

As for the dinosaur tracks themselves, a Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesperson told KSAT that “Most tracks that have recently been uncovered and discovered at different parts of the river in the park belong to Acrocanthosaurus.” The spokesperson added that this type of dinosaur stood, as an adult, at “about 15 feet tall and [weighed] close to seven tons.”

Acrocanthosaurus atokensis. Image: Пётр Меньшиков

“While these newer dinosaur tracks were visible for a brief amount of time, it brought about the wonder and excitement about finding new dinosaur tracks at the park,” TPWD officials told KSAT. They added that “the Dinosaur Valley State Park will continue to protect these 113-million year old tracks not only for present, but future generations.” An effort that is, reportedly, helped by the layers of sediment the tracks have been under all this time. And likely will be again if the “heavy rains” continue on, just like they did in 2015 when flooding in the region became so “bad” it ended Texas’ “drought” that year.


Feature image: Paul Baker / Friends of Dinosaur Valley State Park via CGTN


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