Woman discovers dinosaur footprint from over 160 million years ago on a beach; it’s a record breaking find
A walk on the beach can be very relaxing and carefree until you discover the remains of a legendary creature on the sand.
Such a thing can set your heartbeat racing and create a sense of excitement you've never felt before.
You can only imagine how Marie Woods felt when she inadvertently ended up discovering a record-breaking dinosaur footprint from over 160 million years ago while collecting shellfish at Burniston Bay, near Scarborough.
Marie, an archaeologist, was scavenging shellfish by the shore when she got distracted by a huge and elevated marking nearby. When she got close to it, she realised it was a giant three-toed footprint, one of the biggest dinosaur discoveries in British history.
That was back in 2021. It has now been confirmed that the footprint was made 166 million years ago by a megalosauraus, an extinct genus of large carnivorous theropod dinosaurs of the Middle Jurassic period (Bathonian stage, 166 million years ago) of Southern England.
The footprint is now set to go on display at Scarborough's Rotunda Museum. Experts believe the dinosaur that made eat was a large meat eater of 30-foot long or more.
But how is it that no one noticed such a massive footprint on the beach? Many did, they just didn't know what it was because it was partially covered.
Marie Woods wasn't even the first person to discover it. A local collector by the name of Rob Taylor got a good look of it five months before Marie did.
Although Rob had posted photos of the footprint on Facebook, it's true nature was uncovered wholly by Marie.
"I couldn’t believe what I was looking at, I had to do a double-take. I have seen a few smaller prints when out with friends, but nothing like this,” Marie was quoted as saying by LadBible.
"At the time of the discovery, it generated a lot of public interest and I was overwhelmed with the messages on social media from people around the globe," she added.