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Spanish paleontological team find over 700 fish-eating dinosaur footprints in Portugal

The dinosaurs were believed to be part of the Megalosauridae group, from the Middle Jurassic Period, and were thought to take advantage of low tides to hunt fish trapped in tidal pools, EFE news reported.


 Spanish paleontological team find over 700 fish-eating dinosaur footprints in Portugal
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Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: More than 700 fish-eating dinosaur footprints have been found in Portugal by a spanish paleontological team.

The dinosaurs were believed to be part of the Megalosauridae group, from the Middle Jurassic Period, and were thought to take advantage of low tides to hunt fish trapped in tidal pools, EFE news reported.

Novella Razzolini, the leading investigator on the Catalan Institute of Paleontology's team, said the footprints were a "marvelous finding".

She said the Middle Jurassic, which stretches back from 174 million to 163 million years ago, is known as the "dark age" of dinosaurs, as fossil records have shined little light on many of the creatures that lived during the period.

In Europe, most fossil remains from this group have been found in France, England and Scotland, while Portugal is known for the high amount of fossilised footprints.

According to the paleontologist, the footprints found are the largest in the Iberian peninsula and could belong to a small number of individuals that consistently fished in the area.

This is the first time investigators found clear evidence of migrations and movements by Megalosauridae with the sole purpose of acquiring food.

(With IANS inputs)

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