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Huge Theropod Dinosaur Footprint

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This beautiful trace fossil displays a huge and beautifully preserved theropod dinosaur footprint. It even includes the impressions of the animal's claws. Theropod dinosaurs were a group that included carnivores like Allosaurus, Velociraptor, and Tyrannosaurus. Their anatomy is characterized by three-toed limbs and hollow bones.

This specimen was discovered in the district of Osnabruck, Germany where one can see incredible sauropod and theropod trackways at a monument called the "Dinosaur Tracks of Barkhausen". It dates to the Upper Jurassic (150 million years old).

Slab measures 24.5” (H) x 22” (W) x 2” (D), Footprint measures 22” x 17”.

The theropod Gorgosaurus at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Credit: Sebastian Bergmann