World's Smallest Baby Dinosaur Footprint Discovered

      October 13, 2009 10:56

      The world's smallest baby dinosaur footprint fossil found in Namhae, South Gyeongsang Province /Courtesy of Cultural Heritage Administration

      The world's smallest baby dinosaur's footprint measuring 1.27 cm by 1.06 cm has been discovered in Namhae, South Gyeongsang Province. The fossil was unearthed by the Natural Heritage Center under the Cultural Heritage Administration from a geological stratum dating back about 112-125 million years.

      It is a footprint of a small theropoda dinosaur found only in Korea and China. The footprint is dubbed "Minisauripus ichnosp" (small dinosaur footprint).

      The dinosaur footprint currently recognized as the smallest by the Guinness World Records measures 1.78 cm by 1.16 cm and was found on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

      Prof. Kim Gyeong-su of Chinju National University of Education, said, "Considering the length of the footprint, the dinosaur was no taller than 10 cm. I presume that it was a baby dinosaur freshly hatched from an egg."

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