Huge Trove of Dinosaur Footprints Discovered in Scotland
New fossil trackways show that giant Jurassic dinosaurs roamed ancient lagoons.
Hundreds of tracks discovered along Scotland’s coast show that huge, long-necked dinosaurs once trod there.
The footprints form the largest dinosaur site ever found in Scotland. They also show that sauropods, which included the largest dinosaurs of all time, were at home along the shore.
The giant dinosaurs' relationship to water has long been debated. For much of the 20th century, paleontologists thought sauropods had to wallow in swamps, where the water could support their massive bulk. But finds during the “Dinosaur Renaissance” of the 1970s and '80s banished this old imagery. Sauropods turned out to be surprisingly light for their size, more likely to float than to sink their feet to a lake bottom. A new view had sauropods roaming forests,