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Scientist solved the mystery of strange dinosaur footprints on the cave ceiling

A paleontologist studies the mysterious traces on the ceiling of the cave / © University of Queensland

The footprints of a certain four-legged dinosaur, which puzzled paleontologists more than 60 years ago, turned out to be not what was originally supposed.

Mount Morgan was a true gold mine for paleontologists. In its vicinity, more than a hundred extant footprints of dinosaurs were found, including an unusual chain of five tracks on the ceiling of one of the local caves. They clearly belong to the representative of the theropod suborder – bipedal large reptiles, to which belonged also the tyrannosaurus.

The peculiarity of these tracks is that the creature that left them seemed to move on four legs – the prints are so close to each other. But for theropods, this is not characteristic in any way.

A hoax or previously unknown detail of the life of giant reptiles? Due to the fact that the cave in which the tracks are located has been closed for a long time, and the remaining photo evidence of the 1950s is of poor quality, this has remained a mystery for a long time.

Those same tracks / © University of Queensland

Paleontologist Anthony Romilio of the University of Queensland also had little hope of solving this riddle. However, he was lucky: materials for clues were not at all in the cave. Romilio met Roslyn Dick, a local dentist. Her father, Ross Staines, worked as a geologist in the 1950s and found many dinosaur tracks.

Staines took his findings extremely seriously: he left behind notebooks with detailed reports and a whole series of pictures. Moreover, a plaster cast of a dinosaur’s footprint was even stored in his daughter’s house! Romilio digitized all the images and made a copy of the impressions using a 3D printer: this allowed the scientist to solve the mystery of the unusual traces. An article about this work is published in Historical Biology .

Plaster print of one of the tracks / © University of Queensland

Having studied the materials of Staines, Romilio and his colleagues came to the conclusion that all five prints were left by the hind legs of the dinosaur. In addition, the spread fingers and the ratio of their lengths led paleontologists to the idea that the chain of prints was left not by theropods, but by some herbivorous reptiles. 

“Instead of one four-legged dinosaur, we have two dinosaurs here for the price of one,” Romilio jokes. “Both herbivores followed each other along the shores of an ancient lake.”

The fact that in our time traces were on the ceiling of the cave is not surprising. Ancient reptiles left traces on silty sediments, which were later covered with sand from above. Then the alluvial rock from below was destroyed and washed with water, and the harder sandstone retained these traces – and so they were on the ceiling.

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Did Angels visit a farm in Slovenia after Jerusalem?

A few days ago, a UFO hovered over the city of Podkoren in Slovenia, the appearance of which was recorded on Google Earth maps. The famous Taiwanese ufologist Scott Waring suggested that it could be an angel, given its bright glow and peculiar shape.

On his YouTube channel, Waring posted a photo of an unidentified object that glowed very brightly. The ufologist examined a number of photographs in the same area at different times and made sure that there was nothing reflecting there, which means that it is quite possible that these were events of biblical significance.

The researcher stressed that the trees are not lit. Consequently, the object is well above them. Given the brightness of the glow, it is likely that we are talking not only about UFOs, but also about angels that can visit people living in this area.

He recalled that similar objects were recorded in Jerusalem above a stone dome. The Bible tells a similar story. The author emphasized that he is not a religious person, and the conducted research only confirms his theory.

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Halloween 2020 is expected to have a full moon that hasn’t been seen since World War II

Photo: NASA / Kim Shiflett

Astronomers claim that the full moon on October 31 will be visible throughout the world with the exception of parts of Australia.

In 2020, the world’s population is waiting for a very unusual phenomenon that will be seen in almost all corners of the planet as reported by Cnet.

According to experts, this year on Halloween (October 31), the full moon will rise and will be visible to the whole world. Such an event will happen for the first time since the Second World War.

Astronomy expert Geoffrey Hunt says the last full moon seen on the entire planet occurred in 1944. He notes that there was also a full moon on Halloween in 1955, but was not visible to residents of western North America and the western Pacific.

In the same year, residents of North and South America, India, all of Europe and most of Asia will see the full moon for the holiday. Also, the full moon will be visible in Western Australia, but not in the central and eastern parts of the country.

Scientists remind that in its full phase the moon will be visible to the naked eye, but for high-quality images, you still have to use additional equipment.

“Photos of the moon with a smartphone are likely to be substandard. A telephoto lens will help you capture the moon in all its glory. Adjust the camera brightness so details are visible and not drowned out by the brightness of the moon,” Hunt says.

He also emphasizes that the next full moon, which will be visible from all corners of the planet, will not happen soon – in 2039.

“Of course, in the coming years, the full moon will be in October, but not on Halloween,” the expert notes.

A full moon on Halloween is a rare coincidence. We will be able to enjoy it very soon.

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A tourist found a thousand-legged creepy beast washed up on the coast of Wales

A traveler walked along the coast of the Irish Sea in Wales and found a creature similar to the mythical Cthulhu – with a thousand tentacles and a keen interest in people.

The man was preparing to call the ufologists, but the Internet suggested: you need not be afraid, but rejoice, because the monster costs a fortune. The sea world still remains largely unknown for the inhabitants of the land, and in fact there is a lot of interesting things in it: from an iguana that looks like a real Godzilla to real mutants. True, according to The Sun, the underwater kingdom still has something to surprise people with.

A tourist named Martin Green was vacationing with his family in North Wales on the coast of the Irish Sea and one evening decided to walk with his son along the water. The man was walking slowly along the shore when he saw an unusual creature on the sand. At first, Green decided that he saw a large snag from a fallen tree, then, approaching it, he thought that it was a piece of a large fin that washed ashore, but here Martin was not right. When the travelers approached the find, they felt uneasy – a large and living creature with thousands of tentacles looked at them.

Looking closely, the man saw that the find consists of many white many-legged shells. Perhaps at first Martin was ready to call Scully and Mulder, but the internet helped him figure out what was going on. Green’s son uploaded a photo of the unknown creature to Google and realized that he and his father were very lucky. It turned out that the creepy sea creatures are the so-called Gooseneck Barnacles, crustaceans. They live by attaching themselves to hard surfaces, usually rocks.

Martin and his son were lucky not only because they personally saw unusual creatures, but also because the find could enrich a family. In Portugal and Spain, shells are considered a delicacy and are sold for £ 25 apiece. Considering that, according to the family’s estimates, there were about two thousand shells on the snag found on the snag, the potential cost of the find is about 50 thousand pounds. Green did not elaborate on how he was going to deal with the shells – send them back to the ocean or sell them to Spain.

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