Alaska probably used to be a “highway” for dinosaurs

It has been reported that 65-70 million years ago Alaska may have served as a “highway” for dinosaurs.

Researchers from the Perot Nature and Science Museum came across the first dinosaur footprints in Denali National Park in Alaska in North America.

It was mentioned that the footprints gave the idea that the ecosystem in this region of Alaska at the end of the Chalk Period was similar to the central part of Asia. The dinosaurs, known as dinosaurs with duck-breeds, where Tyrannosaurs, living in Asia at the time, with footprints in the area, are also said to be a herbivorous species.

In the national park, it was emphasized that footprints of a Therizinosaurus were first observed in 2012 and that more than 20 footprints belonging to both Therizinosaurus and Hadrosaurid were found in the examinations made in 2013-2014.

Therizinosaurus are rare and unusual herbivores in dinosaur records.

“The discovery offers further evidence that Alaska is probably a superhighway between the western part of North America and Asia 65-70 million years ago,” said research team leader Anthony R Fiorillo.

Fiorillo believes that this Alaskan discovery may connect these animals environmentally and perhaps behaviorally to other Therizinosaurus in central Asia. An Asian report of these animals being associated also came from an interval of rocks that was unusually ‘wet’ at the time, relative to rocks above and below it.

Details of the discovery were published in the Scientific Reports magazine.



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