6 June 2024

Fossilised footprints of what is believed to be a plant-eating dinosaur were found in the rock bed of a dry creek in a forest in the Nam Nao district of Thailand’s northern province of Phetchabun last month.

According to the Region 1 Geological Office of the Department of Mineral Resources, the two rows of footprints, each of the same size, clearly show the steps of an ancient animal, which was later confirmed by a French palaeontologist at the Musée des Dinosaures, Espéraza in France, Dr. Jean Le Loeuff.

A geological expert at the department, Kamonlak Wongko, said that the dry season causes the creek to dry up, exposing its rock bed and the footprints of ancient animals which used to roam the area millions of years ago.

She said the footprints, which were found during a geological exploration last month, resemble those of a plant-eating Sauropod, from analysis of the age of the rock bed samples.

She also said that, if it can be confirmed by further study that the footprints did belong to a Sauropod, it would be the first time that such dinosaur has been found to exist in this area more than 200 million years ago.