Walker stumbles across ‘dinosaur footprints’ on beach – and now museum involved

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A beachgoer has stumbled across what experts think could be dinosaur footprints in Wales.

Youth worker Kerry Rees found the prehistoric imprint while out on a walk at the beach in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan.

The 58-year-old spotted the unusual markings embedded on a section of rock whilst she was out on a daily lockdown walk.

And now scientists from the Natural History Museum are investigating the indentations to see if they were made by a creature millions of years ago.

And It’s not the first dino-discovery on the beach.

In 2014, the remains of a distant cousin to the T-Rex were found on the same section of coastline.

Kerry, who moved to the beachside town to look after her mum during the pandemic, said she knew the area had a history of prehistoric findings.

She said: “I had a feeling what the tracks might be because I knew the area had a history of dinosaur discoveries.

"I took photos and decided to send them to the experts at the Natural History Museum to have a look at.”

"When they told me they were interested in what I'd found I got quite excited."

Ms Rees said she contacted the museum soon after her find back in April.

She said she tried not to get carried away until it had been confirmed as genuine.

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“If they do turn out to be genuine footprints, I think it'll be brilliant for the area, archaeologically-speaking," added Kerry from Ferndale in the Rhondda.

A spokesperson for London's Natural History Museum confirmed the find exhibited many of the hallmarks of dinosaur tracks and added that they hoped to have a definite answer to their research soon.

It was six years ago that Wales' fossil-hunting community was last treated to something as big – the unearthing of Wales' first theropod skeleton at Lavernock Point by brothers Nick and Rob Hanigan.

The siblings, from Llantwit Major, made the discovery of a lifetime when they found the skull and bone remains of the juvenile reptile on the Vale of Glamorgan beach after a spring storm.

The creature, which would have measured about 2.2ft tall and 6.5ft long, was christened Dracoraptor hanigani – a mix of the Latin for 'dragon robber' and the Nick and Rob's family surname.

The pair donated the remains to the National Museum Cardiff.

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