A 220 million year old Dinasour footprint was discovered by a little girl on a beach in Wales.
The four year old made the big discovery on a beach near Barry in South Wales.
Lily Wilder was traveling with her father Richard at the time.
She made the discovery earlier this month.
The footprint, which is 220 million years old, has been described as “the finest specimen ever found in Bendricks Bay” – a beach known for its dinosaur footprints.
Lily’s mother Sally Wilder said, “Lily saw it as they walked along and said ‘Daddy look’.”
“When Richard came home and showed me the photo, I loved it.
“Richard thought it was too good to be true. I was put in touch with experts who took it from there.
“We were thrilled to find out that it really was a dinosaur footprint, and I’m glad it is being brought to the National Museum where it can be enjoyed and studied for generations.”
It is impossible to say which dinosaur made the print, but since it is 4 inches long, it is believed to be from a guy who was 75 cm tall and 2.5 m long. It would have been slender and walked on two hind feet to hunt small animals and insects.
Permission had to be obtained from Natural Resources Wales to legally remove the fossil from the beach, which is a site of particular scientific interest.
It was removed earlier this week and is now being examined by experts at the National Museum in Cardiff.
Cindy Howells, curator of paleontology at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales, said the print will give scientists a better idea of the early walks of dinosaurs.
She said, “The museum’s acquisition is largely thanks to Lily and her family who first discovered it.
“During the Covid pandemic, Amgueddfa Cymru scientists have highlighted the importance of nature on people’s doorsteps and this is a perfect example of that.
“Of course we don’t all have dinosaur footprints on our doorstep, but there’s an abundance of nature around you if you take the time to really look.”