Dinosaur Tracks Emerge Due to Drought

Dinosaur Tracks Emerge Due to Drought

Dinosaur tracks that were normally impossible to spot emerged in Paluxy River according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article. They say,


“Millions of years ago, prehistoric predators and prey left massive prints in the ground of what is now Texas — and they’re emerging due to a drought. 


The dinosaur tracks are normally impossible to spot, covered by mud and water flowing through the Paluxy River. But the river has shrunk significantly in recent weeks, unveiling deep imprints left by clawed feet, video shared to Facebook on Aug. 17 shows.”


The rare opportunity to see the dinosaur tracks that are usually under mud and water was brought by this year’s record-breaking drought according to a The Chronicle article which reports,


“That opportunity was created by this year’s record-breaking drought. As heat waves kept temperatures in the triple digits for weeks, and a rain-free streak spanned more than two months, the U.S. Drought Monitor said Somervell County, where the park sits, was experiencing “exceptional” drought — the most severe classification. In a silver lining of sorts, most of the park’s riverbeds dried out, bringing at least 45 never-before-seen tracks to light.


With showers in the forecast, park staff only had a matter of days to clean, map and study the tracks before they were recovered in mud, silt and water.”


The park’s mission is to not only share the tracks with the world, but also to do all that they can to preserve the dinosaur tracks for as long  as possible.