Is this too good to be true? Malaysia had dinosaurs roaming around thousands of years ago? It appears so! The researchers from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) of the Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Earth Sciences (FSB) found SEVEN dinosaur footprints in Bukit Panau, Tanah Merah of Kelantan state of Malaysia.
The footprints are believed to be of the Sauropod species from 145,000 to 66 million years old! The Sauropod species are known for their long necks and tails, small heads and 4 long, thick legs. They beat the elephants in the ‘largest animals to ever lived on land’ category.
The research team from UMK was led by FSB lecturer, Arham Muchtar Achmad Bahar and the expedition started in May 2017. Speaking to Bernama, he says, “Researchers spent more than 10,000 hours investigating and tracking dinosaurs in Kelantan and the traces of the tracks found have also been confirmed by experts from the Dinosaur World in Japan. The existence of dinosaurs in Bukit Panau has also been expected by many geologists based on the geological conditions that can be associated with some areas in southern Thailand that also contain dinosaur fossils.”
Let’s hope they find more fossils and maybe, Malaysia’s National Museum will house a real-life dinosaur bones on display in the future! (Or a futuristic Jurassic Park).
Source: News Straits Times