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baby dino footprint shows toe-walking

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Researchers have identified the smallest footprint from a stegosaur ever found, likely made by a baby stegosaurus walking on its tiptoes.

The print was found in north-west China on an expedition led by Associate Professor Lida Xing from the China University of Geosciences, and was among many other much larger prints of adult animals.

An artist’s impression of the baby stegosaur walking across the mudflats of the early Cretaceous.

An artist’s impression of the baby stegosaur walking across the mudflats of the early Cretaceous.Credit:Kaitoge

University of Queensland fossil expert Anthony Romilio was part of the team that analysed the fossil, and found unique characteristics.

“It’s definitely a young animal. At the same site we have lots of other stegosaur footprints and they can be around 30 centimetres wide, whereas this one is…



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