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.