Texas drought shows dinosaur tracks in river bed

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In Dinosaur Valley State Park, 113-million-year-old dinosaur tracks, that haven’t been visible since the year 2000 (according to the BBC News) are now visible. The Paluxy River usually covers up the tracks. DIRECT QUOTE: The river dried up completely in most locations, allowing for more tracks to be uncovered here in the park,” the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said in a statement, per NPR’s Wynne Davis. “Under normal river conditions, these newer tracks are under water and are commonly filled in with sediment, making them buried and not as visible (August 26, 2022)”. The tracks are very deep and you can even see toenails. There’s more than one kind, and there’s a lot of them.”

All the park’s dinosaur tracks are preserved in limestone, which protects them to some degree, park spokesperson Stephanie Garcia tells the Times. When covered by silt and sediment, the prints are protected, but eventually, officials expect weathering and erosion will destroy them. 

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