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Arabia's first dinosaur prints found

May 24, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Scientists have discovered the tracks of a herd of 11 long-necked sauropods walking on a mudflat in what is now Yemen, the first discovery of dinosaur footprints on the Arabian peninsula.

"Until 10 years ago not even bones were known from the Arabian peninsula, and at last we have some dinosaur tracks," said Anne Schulp, a paleontologist at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, who worked on the study.

The footprints, dating from about 150 million years ago, ranged from 17 inches to 28 inches and suggested strides of about 8.2 feet, according to the report published Wednesday in the online journal PLoS ONE.

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