“Daddy, look!” Little Lily Wilder said when she saw the strange look on Beach Rock.
The trail was ultimately a 220-million-year-old dinosaur pug, one of the best preserved in Britain over the past decade.
On Jan. 23, four-year-old Lily found footprints while walking with her father and their dog on a beach in South Wales.
Her father first took the discovery photo, thinking it was carved in stone by an artist. When he returned home, he showed it to his wife, Sally, and remembered that other dinosaur footprints had been found on the same beach before.
“I found a fossil identification page on Facebook and posters.” People are crazy, “the baby’s mother told Wales Online.
She was immediately contacted by the National Museum of Wales, which sent a team to take the rock to its workshops.
Although the type of seal about 10 cm long could not be determined, museum experts estimate that it is a bipedal dinosaur 75 cm high and 2.5 m long.
“It’s a wonderful part,” Carl-James Longford of the Archaeological Survey of Wales told Wales Online.
“I would say it is important internationally, so the museum was immediately available […] “I would say it’s the best dinosaur footprint ever found in the UK in the last ten years.”
The National Museum of Wales is closed due to the epidemic, but when it reopens to the public it promises to invite Lilly and her classmates.