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In China, traces of the world’s largest dinosaur species have been discovered that lived 100 million years ago.

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The tracks belong to two sauropods, the largest of which is 26 feet long.  Dinosaurs walked the earth 100 million years ago
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Giant footprints of the world’s largest dinosaur species, sauropods that roamed the Earth 100 million years ago, have been discovered in the backyard of a restaurant in China.

Sauropods are distinguished by their massive size, they could grow up to 50 feet in length, as well as their long necks and tails. The famous Brontosaurus is part of this group.

The footprints were spotted by Ou Hongtao, a patron of a restaurant located in the Leshan district, who noticed several large holes in the stones of the courtyard. These prints are also the first evidence that dinosaurs roamed the city.

Paleontologists were called to the scene and determined that the prints were made by two dinosaurs, the largest of which is about 26 feet long.

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The tracks belong to two sauropods, the largest of which is 26 feet long. Dinosaurs walked the earth 100 million years ago

The restaurant used to be a chicken farm and at that time the footprints were covered in a layer of dirt. And that is what protected and preserved them, according to CNN.

The owner of the diner said he removed the dirt to expose the large rocks, but enjoyed the natural look of the uneven rocks and left them as is, covering them with a layer of cement instead.

The researchers confirmed the prints using a 3D earth scanner, which uses radar pulses to image the interior without destroying the ground or, in this case, dinosaur footprints.

The tracks are now surrounded by a fence to prevent people from stepping on them, and the owner is considering covering them with a canopy, Lida Xing, a paleontologist and assistant professor at the China University of Geosciences, told CNN.

Footprints were seen in the courtyard of a restaurant in China.  Paleontologists mapped parts of each footprint that belonged to huge dinosaurs.

Footprints were seen in the courtyard of a restaurant in China. Paleontologists mapped parts of each footprint that belonged to huge dinosaurs.

Sauropods are notable for their massive size, they could grow up to 50 feet in length, and their long necks and tails

China’s vast landscape is known for its many dinosaur discoveries, with the previous discovery being an embryo in 2021.

In December, a perfectly preserved dinosaur embryo, estimated to be between 66 and 72 million years old, was found in a fossilized egg found in southern China.

The embryo, dubbed “Baby Yingliang”, was found in the rocks of the “Hekou Formation” in the Shahe Industrial Park in Ganzhou City, Jiangxi Province.

Paleontologists from the University of Birmingham said Baby Yingliang belonged to a species of toothless, beaked theropod dinosaur, or “oviraptorosaurus.”

Oviraptors, which were feathered, lived in the rocks of Asia and North America, and they had different beaks and body sizes, which allowed them to eat a wide variety of diets.

The researchers confirmed the prints using a 3D earth scanner, which uses radar pulses to image the interior without destroying the ground or, in this case, dinosaur footprints.

The researchers confirmed the prints using a 3D earth scanner, which uses radar pulses to image the interior without destroying the ground or, in this case, dinosaur footprints.

Pictured is the front of the

Pictured is the front of the

The specimen is one of the most complete dinosaur embryos known, and notably has a posture closer to that seen in avian embryos than is commonly found in dinosaurs.

In particular, Baby Yingliang was close to hatching, his head was lower than his body, his back was curled up to the blunt end of the egg, and his legs were located on either side of him.

Baby Yingliang gets its nickname from the Yingliang Stone Museum of Natural History in Xiamen, among whose fossil collections it is kept.

An exquisitely preserved dinosaur embryo was found curled up inside a fossilized egg (pictured) discovered in southern China and dated to about 66-72 million years ago.  The December discovery is one of many in China.

An exquisitely preserved dinosaur embryo has been found curled up inside a fossilized egg (pictured) discovered in southern China and estimated to be between 66 and 72 million years old. The December discovery is one of many in China.

Researchers believe that the Oviraptorosaurus embryo was about 10.6 inches (27 cm) from head to tail, but developed curled up inside a 6.7 inches (17 cm) long egg.

In modern birds, this posture is adopted during “folding,” a behavior of the embryo controlled by the central nervous system, which is critical for successful hatching.

The discovery of this behavior in Baby Yingliang suggests that it is not unique to birds, but instead may have first evolved among non-avian theropod dinosaurs.

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