In an embarrassing act of shame, tourists at the Utah State Park are destroying the ancient dinosaur tracks that are nearly 200 million years old. Officials reported that the visitors at the park are throwing the sandstones carrying the footprints into the Utah Lake. Park officials have not yet found the actual reason behind such act of vandalism but some believe the visitors might be doing such an undesirable activity without realizing the true potential of the rocks
Josh Hansen who works as a manager at the Utah State Park said that he was shocked to see a boy throwing way large amounts of the sandstones into the lake while Hansen was casually boating across the water body. Hansen said it concerned him when he his eyes quickly fell on the tracks of dinosaurs that the sandstones carried on them. Hansen stated that it is an integral part of the history which needs to be protected.
“Some of the tracks are very distinct to the layperson,” Hansen said,”but just as many are not. That is why it is important to not disturb any rocks at the dinosaur trackway.”
People come to Red Fleet from across the country and the world to see wonders like these, Hansen said. By deteriorating the track site, people are taking away the experience from thousands of others. Not only that, but this act also constitutes a crime. One of the large dinosaur tracks at Red Fleet State Park
“It is illegal to displace rocks that contain the tracks,” Hansen said. “Disturbing them like this is an act of vandalism.”
The Red Fleet State Park has plans to filter the lake with the assistance of expert jumpers keeping in mind the end goal to check if any fossils could be found in the lake and could be reestablished back. In any case, the specialists have said that a large number of them get demolished in the wake of interacting with water. Despite the fact that the recreation center still has not yet charged any fines for the harm caused, it might soon think about putting some lawful charges.
The beginning of the Dino impressions on the sandstones of the “Red Fleet State Park” can be gone back to close around two hundred million years previously. As examined the follows could be of some predatory dinosaur with the stature of close around eight foot. A great deal of the tracks are seen on a way, which lines “a slickrock incline.” These have a tendency to pull in a considerable measure of voyagers.
Devan Chavez, who acts as a spokesperson of the Utah Division of State Parks said that the matter has become a serious issue. He further added that at the time of easily discarding the rocks into the water body, the doers do not realize the potential effect of their activities. Chavez told that the park is going to study the matter in-depth.
Devan Chavez, representative for the Utah Division of State Parks, disclosed to The Washington Post in an email that his moderate gauge is that no less than 10 of the bigger, more noticeable impressions, which run from 3 to 17 inches, vanished in the previous a half year.
Before it changed into a forsake, the recreation center was previously a swamp, with wet, sloppy grounds that dinosaurs walked through. Scientistss surmise that the dilophosaurus, some portion of the raptor family, assaulted different dinosaurs who were resting or drinking from the marsh, as indicated by the Tribune.
As of now, there still is a large amount of dino remains in the park that can be easily spotted. Nevertheless, as estimated nearly ten large and prominent dino footprints have been destroyed in just six months.
Dinosaurs are a diverse group of reptiles of the clade Dinosauria. They first appeared during the Triassic period, between 243 and 231 million years ago, although the exact origin and timing of the evolution of dinosaurs is the subject of active research. They became the dominant terrestrial vertebrates after the Triassic–Jurassic extinction event 201 million years ago; their dominance continued through the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Reverse genetic engineering and the fossil record both demonstrate that birds are modern feathered dinosaurs, having evolved from earlier theropods during the late Jurassic Period. As such, birds were the only dinosaur lineage to survive the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 66 million years ago. Dinosaurs can therefore be divided into avian dinosaurs, or birds; and non-avian dinosaurs, which are all dinosaurs other than birds. This article deals primarily with non-avian dinosaurs.
Since the first dinosaur fossils were recognized in the early 19th century, mounted fossil dinosaur skeletons have been major attractions at museums around the world, and dinosaurs have become an enduring part of world culture. The large sizes of some dinosaur groups, as well as their seemingly monstrous and fantastic nature, have ensured dinosaurs’ regular appearance in best-selling books and films, such as Jurassic Park. Persistent public enthusiasm for the animals has resulted in significant funding for dinosaur science, and new discoveries are regularly covered by the media.
A trace fossil, also ichnofossil, is a geological record of biological activity. Trace fossils may consist of impressions made on the substrate by an organism: for example, burrows, borings (bioerosion), urolites (erosion caused by evacuation of liquid wastes), footprints and feeding marks, and root cavities. The term in its broadest sense also includes the remains of other organic material produced by an organism — for example coprolites (fossilized droppings) or chemical markers — or sedimentological structures produced by biological means – for example, stromatolites. Trace fossils contrast with body fossils, which are the fossilized remains of parts of organisms’ bodies, usually altered by later chemical activity or mineralization.
Sedimentary structures, for example those produced by empty shells rolling along the sea floor, are not produced through the behaviour of an organism and not considered trace fossils.
The study of traces – ichnology – divides into paleoichnology, or the study of trace fossils, and neoichnology, the study of modern traces. Ichnological science offers many challenges, as most traces reflect the behaviour — not the biological affinity — of their makers. Accordingly, researchers classify trace fossils into form genera, based on their appearance and on the implied behaviour, or ethology, of their makers.