Health Editor’s Note: Robbie the Pict, too bad we did not see these when visiting you this past summer…..Carol


Deltapodus prints offering the first strong evidence that stegosaurian dinosaurs were part of the Middle Jurassic landscape on Skye (Steve Brusatte)

A Dinosaur ‘Stomping Ground’ Surfaces on the Isle of Skye

by Brigit Katz/Smithsonianmag.com

The Isle of Skye, which sits off the northwest coast of Scotland, is today known for its windswept mountain ranges, rugged sea cliffs, and crumbling castles. But millions of years ago, the landscape was very different—part of a subtropical island filled with beaches, shallow lagoons, and dinosaurs. The richness of Skye’s prehistoric past came to light with the recent discovery of two fossil sites that preserve some 50 dinosaur footprints, among them a type of track that has never before been documented on the island.

According to the Guardian’s Nicola Davis, the prints were found at the cliffs of Rubha Nam Brathairean, or Brothers’ Point. One of the track sites had been explored before, but its paleontological treasures remained hidden until storms shifted some boulders, revealing footprints among sedimentary rocks that are about 170 million years old. During the Middle Jurassic period, which spanned from 161 to 176 million years ago, this site consisted of mudflats bordering a lagoon, where an array of dinosaurs ambled about, leaving tracks that were preserved across the ages.

Among the footprints, a team of researchers reveal in the journal PLOS One, were three-toed tracks belonging to various sizes of carnivorous theropods, a bipedal dino subgroup…

Biography
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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