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Dino destruction: Vandals wreck dinosaur footprint

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Vandals have actually damaged a dinosaur footprint in rock at a popular paleontology website in Australia.

Officials validated the vandalism at the Dinosaur Dreaming website in Bunurong Marine Park, Victoria, previously today. The vandals, who have actually not yet been recognized, struck recently, inning accordance with a declaration launched by Parks Victoria.

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ScienceAlert reports that the three-toed footprint is 115- million-years-old. Parts of the footprint’s toes were smashed away, it stated.

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The theropod dinosaur footprint prior to it was vandalized (credit: Parks Victoria).

“It leaves a sour taste in the mouth that anyone would deliberately destroy something that has brought pleasure to so many people over the years,” stated Lesley Kool of Dinosaur Dreaming, in the declaration.

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The theropod footprint was found in2006 Following the discovery, professionals chose not to get rid of the footprint, choosing rather to leave it in the rock for visitors to take pleasure in. However, paleontologists from Museum Victoria and Monash University made a silicon rubber mould of the footprint.

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The harmed dinosaur footprint (credit: Parks Victoria).

“The thrill of seeing a real dinosaur footprint has been diminished with the callous act of vandalism,” stated Bunurong Environment Centre Education Officer, Mike Cleeland, in the declaration. “Fortunately, I was able to retrieve some of the broken pieces of the footprint and hopefully the technicians at Museum Victoria may be able to restore the footprint to some degree.”

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ParksVictoria is examining the occurrence.

Earlier this year vandals beheaded 3 design dinosaurs at Australia’s National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra.

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