|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Friday, July 1, 2016
|Tiny Footprints from Poland Show that First Dinosaurs Walked on Little Cat Feet|
Stryczowice footprints: The 250 million year old footprints of Prorotodactylus isp. from the Early Olenekian of Stryczowice, Poland show reduced digits I and V and parallel three middle digits, traits of the dinosaur-lineage. The gait, though, was quadrapedal. These are the oldest known fossils of the dinosaur lineage. Credit: Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki.
WASHINGTON (REUTERS).- Tiny footprints from Poland show that the first dinosaurs were extremely small animals that walked on four legs -- and probably only came to rule the world after a mass extinction knocked out many big reptiles, scientists said on Tuesday.
The 250-million-year-old footprints are the oldest evidence of dinosaurs, Stephen Brusatte of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and colleagues said.
The animal was about the size of a small domestic cat, they reported, and would have lived near rivers where larger crocodilians thrived.
"We describe the indisputably oldest fossils of the dinosaur lineage: footprints from the Early Triassic (around 250 million years old) from Poland," Brusatte's team wrote in Britain's Royal Society journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
"These footprints, along with those from two other slightly younger sites, provide important insight on the origin and early evolutionary history of dinosaurs. They indicate that the earliest dinosaur relatives were extremely small animals, with feet only a few centimeters (inches) long, that walked on four legs and were remarkably rare compared to contemporary reptiles."
Ironically, the fossils indicate that a mass extinction allowed the small and rare dinosaurs to proliferate -- an event mirrored 65 million years ago when an asteroid and volcanic events drove the dinosaurs into extinction and allowed mammals to thrive.
"Most radically, the new footprints only slightly postdate the greatest mass extinction of all time (Permo-Triassic event), suggesting that the origin of dinosaurs occurred in the immediate aftermath of this catastrophe," the researchers wrote.
They also found footprints dating back 246 million years made by two-legged dinosaurs called Sphingopus -- the oldest evidence of bipedal dinosaurs.
"For the first 20-50 million years of dinosaur history, dinosaurs and their closest relatives were living in the shadow of their much more diverse, successful, and abundant crocodile-like cousins," Brusatte said in a statement. "The oldest dinosaurs were small and rare."
(Reporting by Maggie Fox, Editing by Sandra Maler)
October 7, 2010
After More than 20 Years, Michelangelo's Most Precious Drawings at Albertina in Vienna
$250,000 First-Place Prize Goes to Grand Rapids , Michigan Artist Chris LaPorte
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Claims Painting is by Rembrandt Not His Pupil
Turning a New Leaf, Jerry Hall to Shed Her Art Collection Next Week at Sotheby's
15th Art Forum Berlin Opens the Autumn Season of the European Art Shows
Major Exhibition Explores the Mastery of Moshe Safdie and a Lifetime of Architectural Achievements
Tracey Emin Work to Be Auctioned during Frieze in Aid of Margates Turner Contemporary
Qing Dynasty Vase Smashes World Record in Glowing China Art Sales at Sotheby's
Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris Exhibition by Larry Clark Barred to Minors
European Auction Record for an Allosauraus Dinosaur, the T-Rex of the Jurassic Period
The Crosby Garrett Helmet, Found by a Metal Detectorist, Sells for $3.6 Million at Christie's
Important Works by Andy Warhol from the Shapazian Collection Go to the Huntington
Two Outstanding Beach Scenes by Sorolla are the Highlights of Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings Sale
Swedish Museum Unaware of Theft of Munch Painting
Gold and Gem Encrusted Tiger Head from Throne of Tipu Sultan Sells for £434,400 at Bonhams
Woman Accused of Damaging Controversial Artwork in Colorado
Magnificent and Rare Collection of Mezzotints Acquired by the Art Fund for the British Museum
First NYC Museum Exhibition on the Tradition of Spanish Draftsmanship Opens at the Frick Collection
First Major United Kingdom Exhibition by Swedish Artist Klara Lidén at Serpentine Gallery
Smithsonian Announces Archives of American Art Medal Recipients
Christie's Announces Sale of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design, Autumn 2010
First Exhibition in 45 Years Devoted to Renaissance Master Jan Gossart on View at Metropolitan Museum
Sotheby's First-Ever Evening Sale of Islamic Art Realises £7 Million - Well Above Pre-Sale Expectations
Damien Hirst Fills the Paul Stolper Gallery with 120 Framed, Foilblock Butterfly Prints
Record Number of Visitors this Summer for the United Kingdom's National Museums
Biennale of Sydney Announces Joint Artistic Directors for 2012: Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster
DeCordova Announces the Rappaport Endowment Fund and the Winner of the 11th Rappaport Prize
Judd Foundation Announces It will Now Be Represented Exclusively by David Zwirner
Preserved Feathers and Scales of a Giant Penguin Fossil Gives Evolutionary Clues
Tiny Footprints from Poland Show that First Dinosaurs Walked on Little Cat Feet
Nazi Praise Sparks Switzerland's Rethink of Modernist Architect Le Corbusier
Robert F. Kennedy-Owned Emancipation Proclamation Up for Auction
France 1500: Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at the Galeries nationales Grand Palais
Sotheby's Islamic Art Sales Series Achieves Record Sum of £25.3 ($40.3) Million
Completely Renewed, the National Museum of Cultures to Be Reopened
Teotihuacan's Emblematic Monument, The Sun Pyramid, Still an Enigma for Archaeologists
National Archives in Washington Puts Nazi Papers, The Nuremberg Laws, on Public View
Cornerstone Laid for John Paul II Museum in Poland
Christie's to Offer 69 Important Works of Art from the Collection of Robert Shapazian
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published
2.- Portraits of the Duchess of Cambridge from British Vogue centenary issue acquired by National Portrait Gallery
3.- Foam presents spectacular exhibition of work by Helmut Newton
4.- After 30 years "hidden in plain sight," still life painting is identified as a Gauguin; artwork is highlight of sale
5.- Smithsonian releases Learning Lab for everyone to use museum resources
6.- Angst and deep pockets show state of art market in 47th edition of Art Basel
7.- Christo exhibition falls victim to own success
8.- Sotheby's London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale totals $151.9 million
9.- The National Gallery explores great paintings from a unique perspective
10.- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum explores Caravaggio and the painters of the north
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.