Sandown Bay has revealed a 130 million-year-old dinosaur footprint following storm Ciara.
Wight Coast Fossils posted the discovery on Facebook saying “the pointed toes of this track may indicate a large theropod, perhaps Neovenator or the spinosaur Baryonyx.”
As previously reported, the remains of a 125 million-year-old dinosaur tail were discovered in a cliff near to Brighstone.
This time a footprint has been found, Wight Coast Fossils posted:
“The mottled clays the footprint is preserved in are a paleosol, an ancient soil horizon, representing an area of boggy overbank marshland that seasonally dried and flooded. Our track maker was crossing this environment 130 million years ago, heading southwest in what is now Sandown Bay, leaving these huge tracks in the boggy soil. Behind the animal lay a range of low forested hills, while ahead lay a flat floodplain landscape dotted with floodplain forests, river channels, and herds of herbivorous dinosaurs.”
According to Wight Coast Fossils, clay footprints like these do not hold up to the forces of erosion for long (perhaps for a couple of days or weeks).