Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

PICTURES: Walking with dinosaurs in Skye

An artist's impression of a sauropod dinosaur(L) on the Isle of Skye. See Centre Press stroy CPDINO; A "remarkable" collection of rare dinosaur tracks is helping scientists shed new light on some of the biggest animals ever to live on land.
An artist's impression of a sauropod dinosaur(L) on the Isle of Skye. See Centre Press stroy CPDINO; A "remarkable" collection of rare dinosaur tracks is helping scientists shed new light on some of the biggest animals ever to live on land.

A “remarkable” collection of rare dinosaur tracks in north Scotland is helping scientists shed new light on some of the biggest animals ever to live on land.

Hundreds of footprints and handprints – dubbed a “dinosaur disco” by researchers – were made by plant-eating sauropods around 170 million years ago on the Isle of Skye.

The discovery – the biggest dinosaur site ever found in Scotland – helps fill an important gap in the evolution the huge, long-necked animals, which were the biggest of the dinosaurs.

Scientists at Edinburgh University identified the tracks in layers of rock, which would have been at the bottom of a shallow, salt water lagoon when the prints were made.

By analysing the structure of the footprints, the researchers found that the dinosaurs were early, distant relatives of more well-known species, such as Brontosaurus and Diplodocus.

A sediment cast of a sauropod dinosaur footprint on the Isle of Skye.
A sediment cast of a sauropod dinosaur footprint on the Isle of Skye.
Dr Steve Brusatte (R) and Dr Tom Challands(L) by sauropod dinosaur tracks on the Isle of Skye.
Dr Steve Brusatte (R) and Dr Tom Challands(L) by sauropod dinosaur tracks on the Isle of Skye.
Dr Steve Brusatte (L) and Dr Tom Challands(R) by sauropod dinosaur tracks made 170 million years ago on the Isle of Skye.
Dr Steve Brusatte (L) and Dr Tom Challands(R) by sauropod dinosaur tracks made 170 million years ago on the Isle of Skye.
An artist's impression of a sauropod dinosaur(L) on the Isle of Skye. See Centre Press stroy CPDINO; A "remarkable" collection of rare dinosaur tracks is helping scientists shed new light on some of the biggest animals ever to live on land.
An artist’s impression of a sauropod dinosaur(L) on the Isle of Skye. See Centre Press stroy CPDINO; A “remarkable” collection of rare dinosaur tracks is helping scientists shed new light on some of the biggest animals ever to live on land.
Tracks made by a sauropod dinosaur 170 million years ago on the Isle of Skye.
Tracks made by a sauropod dinosaur 170 million years ago on the Isle of Skye.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]