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The Polish Geological Institute’s National Research Institute has compared dinosaur footprints found to a treasure trove.

Geologists have said that the hundreds of dinosaur footprints, so well-preserved that the scaly skin can be seen with the naked eye, are giving them an insight into a complex ecosystem around 200 million years ago.

The footprints and bones were discovered in an opencast clay mine in a town called Borkowice, about 130 kilometres south of the capital Warsaw.

The geologists have already found several hundred dinosaur tracks representing at least seven species. They are convinced that they are likely to find even more.

In a statement, geologist Grzegorz Pienkowski said that “in order for such a state of preservation to be possible, a very special sequence of events had to take place in a short time”.

From traces left by dinosaurs, geologists are able to identify whether the dinosaurs were running, sitting, swimming or resting.

Image credit: NBC News

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