Texas Drought Dried Out River, Revealing Dinosaur Tracks

When a river in Texas’s Dinosaur Valley dried up due to a prolonged drought, paleontologists were amazed to find dinosaur footprints from roughly 113 million years ago.

Located on the Paluxy River just outside of Fort Worth, Dinosaur Valley State Park has 20 miles of trails for hiking and camping and is home to several dinosaur tracks. It was one of many places across the state hit hard by the previous week’s drought.

According to Stephanie Salinas Garcia of the park’s press office, “because of the extreme drought conditions this past summer, the river dried up completely in most spots, enabling for more tracks to be unearthed here in the park.”
The new paths on the riverbank, usually obscured by water and dirt, are now easily apparent to tourists.

 

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The tracks represent two possible species, one of which is the 15-foot-tall, 7-ton theropod Acrocanthosaurus.

The towering 60-foot-tall, nearly 44-ton Sauroposeidon has also been linked to some tracks.
Exciting times at the park are when such discoveries are made and new dinosaur tracks are experienced. To quote Garcia:

Predicted precipitation will likely wash away the freshly laid rails again. The pathways are protected from aging and erosion by the sediment, which parks visitors won’t see for some time.

While the rain and river will soon cover them up again, the 113 million-year-old tracks in Dinosaur Valley State Park will be preserved for future generations, as Garcia stated.
Hot temperatures and the climate crisis have caused water levels to drop in the United States and around the world, leading to the discovery of new dinosaur tracks. This month, the fourth set of skeletal remains was discovered in Utah’s Lake Mead.