Beijing: Dinosaurs have always fascinated people in the world and a single cat sized footprint led to a lot of curiosity among researchers who have now discovered a tiny dinosaur that walked on Earth about 100 million years ago in China.
The researched was undertaken by the University of Queensland researcher Dr. Anthony Romilio and team that studied the track of the footprint initially discovered by Associate Professor Lida Xing from the China University of Geosciences (Beijing).
Reserchers on digging deeper found that the footprint was a herbivore and armoured dinosaur known broadly as ‘stegosaur. The researchers also predicted that the dinosaur could have had spikes on its tail and bony plates. Dr. Romilio also called it the “smallest stegosaur footprint known in the world.”
“With a footprint of less than six centimetres, this is the smallest stegosaur footprint known in the world,” he added.
The University of Queensland in a research paper published on April 16 stated that the tiny footprint has similar characteristics to other stegosaur footprints found across the globe.
Associate Professor Xing said that it could be possible that “young stegosaurs were toe-walkers.”