(ORDO NEWS) — Prehistoric footprints found in Wyoming USA. According to archaeologists, the find is 58 million years old. Hoof prints belong to mammals that converge to the coast for a watering hole. American experts have found traces of two species of animals. One of them was identified.
Reported by the Daily Mail.
Archaeologists said that one type of footprint belonged to the Coriphodons. These are primitive ungulates. The animals were about the size of bears. They moved on four legs. Outwardly, they are similar to modern hippos, but they are not relatives. These mammals ate mainly leaves and fruits. The presence of tusks in mammals made it possible to uproot marsh plants.
Who belongs to the second type of prints is still a mystery.
The find may indicate that mammals from prehistoric times were already using the marine habitat. Like modern animals, they gathered and settled closer to the water to protect themselves from predators and insects.
They may have used the sea as an additional source of food and salt.
Little is known about the life of animals of those times. Perhaps further excavations will help find fossils: bones, teeth, horns, etc.
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