Planetark reports the first discovery of a dinosaur footprint in Denali National Park.
The three-toed track, 6 inches (15 cm) wide and 9 inches (23 cm) long, appears to be from the left foot of a theropod, a class of two-legged predators, said Anthony Fiorillo, curator of the Dallas Museum of Natural History and an expert on Alaska dinosaurs.
The footprint, estimated to be 70 million years old, was found on June 27 near a campground 35 miles (60 km) west of the park entrance, the National Park Service said. It was the first evidence of dinosaurs ever found in Denali, one of Alaska’s top tourist destinations.
The location is what is most important to scientists, Fiorillo said. It was the first evidence of a dinosaur from this era ever found in interior Alaska. Until now, most dinosaur track discoveries have been in the Colville River region near the Arctic coastline.