Friday, August 7, 2009

Dinosaur footprint stolen from archaeological dig

Swiss archaeologists were in distress after thieves stole traces of a dinosaur footprint from an excavation site last month.

The footprint, left by a three-tonne Allosaurus dinosaur around 152 million years ago, is about 40 centimetres wide by 70 centimetres long, said Wolfgang Hug, the chief archaeologist at the dig site in Courtedoux, Jura in northwestern Switzerland.

The footprint, discovered while a motorway was under construction in 2002, was the easiest thing to take from among the 4,500 remains at the site. It was taken in the middle of the night, early in October.

Hug said the theft is a substantial scientific loss, because experts had not had time to do a full analysis on the footprint, but authorities will "wipe the slate clean if the thief brings it back once they've had their fun".

Source Citation:"Dinosaur footprint stolen from archaeological dig.(NEWS)." Swiss News 11 (Nov 2007): 7(1). InfoTrac Tourism, Hospitality, and Leisure eCollection. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 7 Aug. 2009

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