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Drought reveals 113-million-year-old dinosaur tracks in Texas

Drought has dried up part of a river in central Texas, revealing 113-million-year-old dinosaur tracks.

The prehistoric footprints emerged at Dinosaur Valley State Park, which is located in the town of Glen Rose, southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

As the name suggests, the park already protects other dinosaur footprints. But the tracks that recently emerged are usually hidden under the mud, silt and waters of the Paluxy River. This summer, however, water levels have dipped so low that the prehistoric indentations are now visible. 

“Texas is blessed with a lot of good fossil occurrences,” said James Farlow, a paleontologist at Purdue University Fort Wayne. “It’s a resource that is continually being destroyed but continuously being renewed.”

Read the story in Smithsonian Magazine.