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    'T.rex footprint' found by British dinosaur hunter

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    LONDON (AFP) - A Britain-based palaeontologist believes he has found the world's first known Tyrannosaurus rex footprint, he told a BBC television documentary Wednesday.

    Phil Manning said he has high hopes the one square metre (about 11 square feet) print, from the famed Hell Creek area of the northwest US state of Montana, is from the flesh-eating giant, although 100 percent certainty is impossible.

    "People have been trying to find T.rex tracks for a hundred years," Manning, who specialises in Jurassic and Cretaceous period dinosaur tracks, told the BBC.

    "Unless you come across an animal dead in its tracks you can't say for definite what left them.

    "However with information available about the numbers of T.rex in the rocks of the Hell Creek formation, it is the closest we have got so far to discovering a tyrannosaur track."

    Manning, whose work still needs to be peer-reviewed, suggested the 67-million-year-old print "could only" be one of the two species previously found in Hell Creek, Nanotyrannus or its bigger relative Tyrannosaurus rex.

    "The size of the footprint at 76 centimetres (30 inches) in length suggests it is more likely to be the latter," said the academic, from the University of Manchester, northwest England.

    "There is no such thing as a truth in science, so for us this is as close as we get to what I think is a fantastic find."

    Tyrannosaurus rex, which stood about 20 foot (six metres) tall, 40 foot long and weighed about seven tonnes, was one of the last dinosaurs to roam the earth before the entire species was wiped out about 65 million years ago.

    All T.rex remains have been found in the Hell Creek area. Manning located the giant footprint last year.

    Angela Milner, associate keeper of palaeontology at London's Natural History Museum, told AFP she was interested in comparing Manning's discovery with one found in New Mexico in 1993 that was given the name "Tyrannosaurus pillmorei".

    "That print was about four centimetres longer... and is also thought to have been made by a T.rex," she said.

    "It is never possible to be certain of the animal that made fossil footprints as they do not die conveniently at the end of their tracks.

    "However both these prints occur in rocks of the right age, they definitely were made by large carnivorous dinosaurs -- and the only one that was that large enough to leave such a huge footprint was Tyrannosaurus rex."
     
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    that would be so kewl to see. Must be awesome to discover something like that.
     
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    I reckon lol
     
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    Would freak you out a bit if you found it in your own backyard though.

    But just think of the $ you could make :p:D lol
     
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    Yeah, that print was left by me. I had to sit down and get a rock outta my shoe.......:p

    But seriously, that would be mega cool to find and actually go through the acheology aspect of the job!
     
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    It would be awesome to find, but pretty much impossible to prove really. There are always going to be arguments for both sides.

    Do you guys think it really is a T-Rex print?
     
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    It could end up being like the Jesus on the toast...
     
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