Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dinosaurs and NASA

What does a 100 Million year old Dinosaur footprint and NASA have in common?

Nodosaur Footprint Verified
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt MD and a Nodosaur called the same place home. 

A 12" wide track from a Nodosaur roamed the area of the Goddard Space Flight Center and left behind its prints the be found by Ray Stanford earlier this summer.

Nodosaur Footprint VerifiedNodosaurs could reach sizes comparable to smaller modern day elephants and lived during the Late Jurassic to Late Cretaceous Periods or between 160 and 66 Million years ago.  Material extracted from the same Cretaceous-period rock near the imprints has been tested with help from the USGS and revealed to be between 110 to 112 million years old.

Interestingly enough there is a second print within the larger print that appears to be that of a younger nodosaru following behind its mother.

The footprint resides on federal land so it must be removed for preservation in accordance with several federal statutes.

Space Scientists and a behemoth from the past, brought together.

Additional details can be found on NASA's Godard Space Flight Center Site.