Dinosaur tracks from 113 million years ago uncovered due to severe drought conditions

Upcoming rain anticipated to cover tracks again

The dinosaur tracks date from around 113 million years ago. Photo: Dinosaur Valley State Park (Dinosaur Valley State Park, Dinosaur Valley State Park)

GLEN ROSE, Texas – A dino discovery — the severe drought in Texas has uncovered a little piece of history. Massive dinosaur tracks from about 113 million years ago were discovered in a dried-out river in Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas.

The park, located southwest of Dallas, posted photos of the discovery on Sunday.

Park spokesperson Stephanie Salinas Garcia told CNN that the tracks likely came from an Acrocanthosaurus, weighed seven tons and reached 15 feet tall. The other species that left tracks behind at the park in Glen Rose, Texas, was Sauroposeidon, which would be about 60 feet tall and weigh about 44 tons as an adult.

The tracks in Dinosaur Valley State Park are expected to be covered up again with river water as local forecasters are calling for rain.

Park officials said that is a good thing because the water helps protect the prints from natural weathering and erosion.

More than 60% of Texas was experiencing drought last week in two of the most intense categories, according to the US Drought Monitor.

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