22 June, 2009

More Dinosaur Tracks Found

This just in from Yemen Times:

For the second time in a little over a year, Yemeni scientists have discovered dinosaur footprints in Yemen. The latest trackways, dating back 140 million years, were found in bedrock 35 km outside Sana’a.

The Yemeni team also found fossilized ferns between and around the villages of Darafat and Bait Al-Jaled in the district of Arhab in Sana’a governorate. The sites are located just around 2 km west of the main road from the capital Sana’a.......

As I mentioned here over one year ago: No dinosaur tracks had ever been found in the Arabian Peninsula before; but just about 30 kilometers from Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, fossils now reveal that a herd of 11 gigantic dinosaurs — sauropods - about 150 million years ago, left deep tracks into the earth. Near the same spot where the sauropod tracks were found, there are tracks of the two-legged plant-eating Ornithopods — a large, common vegetarian with birdlike, three-toed feet that walked on its hind legs. The dinosaurs, are said to have lived there nearly 150 million years ago; back then, the African and Arabian Peninsula land masses had not yet been separated by the Red Sea.