Wales: A little kid from Wales left stunned paleontologists after she managed to find a dinosaur footprint, which ended up being 215 million years old!
Lily Wilder, who is just 4 years old, was on a coastal walk to the supermarket with Richard, her father, when she spotted the massive print.
The dinosaur footprint belongs to a bipedal dinosaur, which was around 75cm tall and 2.5 long.
They are also known as Gallator, however, experts do not know which type of prehistoric creature made it because it is just a footprint.
Lily discovered the print, however, the parents, Richard and mother Sally, thought it was just a piece of art.
During an interview with Wales Online, Sally said:
We weren’t even sure it was real. I was imagining an artist had gone down and scratched it out, but I knew dinosaur footprints had been found along that piece of coast before so I just thought I’d ask some people. I found this fossil identification page on Facebook and I posted it on there and people went a bit crazy. It’s all been so exciting, discovering that it’s actually what they thought it was.
Talking about Lily, Sally said that she is really interested in dinosaurs right now.
Recently we bought her some dinosaur toys so she’s been playing obsessively with dinosaurs all week.
Ciny Howells, a curator at the National Museum of Wales Paleontology, released a statement about the incident, saying:
This fossilised dinosaur footprint from 220 million years ago is one of the best-preserved examples from anywhere in the UK and will really aid palaeontologists to get a better idea about how these early dinosaurs walked. Its acquisition by the museum is mainly thanks to Lily and her family who first spotted it.
The museum has asked a special permission from National Resources Wales to remove the print.
They want to display the find.
Sally and Richard are currently hoping that the name of Lily will be recorded as the finder of the print.