A shocked hiker made a startling discovery when he stumbled upon the colossal footprint of a prehistoric beast that roamed the Earth millions of years ago.
Eudald Mujal from the University of Barcelona was hiking through the mountains of Northern Barcelona when he found the tracks of a dinosaur which is believed to have lived 230 million years ago, The Mirror reports.
The walker was around 25 miles from the city, spending the day in the picturesque Olesa de Montserrat area, when he did a double-take at a fossil.
Archaeologists have said that the print ‘is exceptionally well-preserved’ and experts have confirmed the print was made by the huge claws of a massive reptile which lived in the Middle Triassic era.
A scientist at the University of Barcelona, Eudald Mujal, has explained that the footprint comes from the extinct Isochirotherium and is similar to discoveries made in England and Scotland.
The footprint reportedly shows both the claws and scales and it’s hoped it’ll reveal the history of the area, as well as how such reptiles were the forerunners of dinosaurs.
It’s believed that the massive Isochirotherium looked very similar to a crocodile but, terrifyingly, the beast would have walked upright and had very long arms and legs.
A few years ago, other footprints were found in the same area of Barcelona but this one is the best preserved.
Not quite Jurassic Park but it’s still cool…
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