Severe drought conditions in Texas have revealed ancient dinosaur footprints that are more than 100 million years old. Multiple dinosaur tracks belonging to the Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur were recently discovered at Dinosaur Valley state park in northwest Texas, as widespread droughts caused a river running through central Texas to almost dry out .
Traces of the Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur were unearthed in the almost completely dried up Paluxy River. The 15 ft, seven ton creature once lived in that area 113 million years ago.
The drought conditions produced about 60 traces of Acrocanthosaurus and an estimated 140 traces of the dinosaur in total, the BBC reported. “Many of the tracks recently unearthed and discovered in different parts of the river in the park belong to Acrocanthosaurus,” park spokeswoman Stephanie Salinas Garcia wrote in an email to CNN . said.
Visitors Say They Have Seen Traces of Other Dinosaur Species
While visitors can sometimes see traces of other dinosaurs in the state park depending on weather conditions, tracks from Acrocanthosaurus have not been seen since 2000, with prints hidden beneath layers of water and sediment, according to the park’s website. Traces of Sauroposeidon , a 66-foot-tall creature that once weighed about 48 tons when fully mature, have also been discovered. Experts believe Acrocanthosaurus preyed on Sauroposeidon, which explains why its tracks were discovered together.
Many states in the US are dealing with extreme drought, which is an escalating consequence of climate change. Falls in water levels in key water reservoirs prompted the federal government to intervene and cut water use, which would affect Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico.
In Texas, nearly all areas in the Lone Star state experience severe drought conditions, causing water supplies to dry up. Decreasing water levels have revealed other discoveries besides dinosaur tracks. Human remains and a second world war ship were discovered in Lake Mead as water levels dropped during a prolonged drought .