My dear dino friends do you remember that famous quote of Chef Gusteau from the Pixar animation movie Ratatouille 🐀? “Anyone can cook”. And it looks like its proving true in paleontology as well, where one can now say, “Anyone can discover”.
Believe me, I am not cooking this up. A 4 year old girl from South Wales, UK, made this discovery very playfully while taking a stroll at a beach 🏖️ with her pet dog (bet the dog 🐕 too helped her sniff this out). And what Lily Wilder found has delighted the dino lovers world over.
Lily found a very well preserved dinosaur footprint 🐾 that is 220 million years old. The 10cm long foot print likely belonged to a dinosaur that was about 75cm (about 2.5 feet) tall and 2.5 meters (about 8 feet) long, and it may have had a tail as well (possibly a Grallator?).
Many discoveries and even inventions had happened by accident, but that doesn’t make them less important. So please do not discount this discovery because it was made by a tiny tot. May be someday I will also be able to help discover a new dino species too.
With my fingers crossed, I cannot help but close this post by saying this, “Not everyone can become a great paleontologist, but a great paleontologist can come from anywhere”. Anton Ego might agree, do you? 🙂