Chinese and Iranian scientists discover ferocious dinosaur tracks

Updated 2017-07-13 16:53:41 chinadaily.com.cn
Xing Lida, an associate professor at China University of Geosciences, holds a piece containing the footprints of a Deinonychus.

Xing Lida, an associate professor at China University of Geosciences, holds a piece containing the footprints of a Deinonychus.

Paleontologists from China and Iran have found tracks of two-toed carnivorous dinosaurs in the Alborz Mountains in Iran.

The tracks were exposed during construction of a highway in recent years.

Paleontologists believe they belong to the Deinonychus, a type of dinosaur famous for its ferocious appearance in the Jurassic Park series. The common feature of Deinonychus is the huge spring-like second toe, which it used for hunting.

The killer toes of Deinonychus.

Deinonychus tracks were first discovered in Sichuan in China in the early 1990s, Xing Lida, an associate professor at China University of Geosciences, said. Since then other tracks have been discovered in Shandong, Gansu, Sichuan of China and the southern part of South Korea.

Influenced by Jurassic Park, the public may think that Deinonychus hunt in groups. However, the fossils shows that it likely hunted alone.

A well-preserved footprint of Deinonychus.
A well-preserved footprint of Deinonychus.
Velociraptor, a type of Deinonychus. (Picture drawn by Liu Yi)
Velociraptor, a type of Deinonychus. (Picture drawn by Liu Yi)
The killer toes of Deinonychus.

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