The largest ever found dinosaur foot, one of the largest land animals the planet has ever seen, deserves the title of "Bigfoot" rather than Sasquatch.
Unearthed in 1998 by an expedition from the University of Kansas described in a new study published in PeerJ – The Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences was discovered in "Bigfoot" in the Black Hills area of Wyoming. Scientists determined the dinosaur – a very close relative of Brachiosaurus – had the largest feet of a sauropod and roamed the area 150 million years ago.
Team member Anthony Maltese, who is also the lead author of the study, writes that the foot was nearly 1
Maltese and his research team from the US, Switzerland and Germany have identified the giant foot as belonging to an animal that is related to Brachiosaurus a member of the sauropod family – you know, the dinosaurs with the long Necks and tails. It is not only the largest ever identified sauropod foot, but also the first confirmed Late Jurassic brachiosaurus foot in North America.
The Black Hills, famed for Mount Rushmore, were home to herbivorous giants such as Camarasaurus and Diplodocus Some of the largest land animals that have ever lived on Earth.
So how did the Bigfoot team connect "with sauropods and found that it was actually Brachiosaurus ? Maltese and the team members Emanuel Tschopp, F Emke Holwerda and David Burnham used 3D scans and highly detailed measurements to compare the large specimen with various species of sauropods, including Camarasaurus and Diplodocus .
By comparing elements of the foot – such as metatarsal bones and phalanges – with existing examples, the scientists found that it was not one of these two, but rather that of a brachiosaurid.
And there is still much to discover. Maltese said in a press release that the ledges that created this fossil contained many more "fantastic dinosaur skeletons" and that the research team would continue their studies from there.
Personally, I would like to know if "Bigfoot" sneezes as dramatically as the Brachiosaurus in Jurassic Park .