What is the average size of Bigfoot's foot

"Bigfoot" - Researchers identify the world's largest dinosaur foot

Researchers have identified the largest foot of a dinosaur in the world. An international team with the participation of Munich researchers examined the fossilized foot that was discovered 20 years ago in the US state of Wyoming. The researchers from Germany, Switzerland and the USA write in the specialist journal “PeerJ” that it is almost a meter wide and therefore larger than any previously known finds.

Because of the metatarsal bone, among other things, the researchers classify “Bigfoot” as a close relative of the brachiosaurs. With their long necks and tails, these dinosaurs were best known in the 1993 film Jurassic Park. Along with the herbivorous Brontosaurus and the genus Diplodocus, they were among the largest land animals that have ever lived on this planet. Only a few other dinosaurs were larger, such as the Argentinosaurus or the Patagotitan, both of which were 40 meters long and weighed 70 to 90 tons.

"Bigfoot" was probably at least ten meters high

According to the measurements, "Bigfoot" is said to have been four meters high at the pool. It could have been at least ten meters high and weighed around 30 to 40 tons. Anthony Maltese, lead author of the study, helped excavate the foot in 1998. It was just as unsuitable for an almost complete small Brachiosaurius found in the same place as it was for a small Diplodocidus. It was immediately clear that the piece came from an extremely large animal, writes Maltese. Therefore, the specimen was nicknamed "Bigfoot".

The researchers Maltese, Emanuel Tschopp, Femke Holwerda and David Burnham now used 3D scans and other detailed measurements to compare the find with sauropod feet of numerous species. They also found that the Brachiosaurus group dinosaurs inhabited a vast area from eastern Utah to northwestern Wyoming 150 million years ago. “That's surprising,” said the Swiss paleontologist Tschopp. "Many other sauropods lived in smaller areas during this time."

Researchers hope for more finds in the same place

According to the study, it is also one of the most northerly finds of a brachiosaurus in the Morrison Formation, which stretches across the western United States to Canada and is home to numerous dinosaur fossils.

“The rocks from the Jurassic Period in the western United States are very rich in sauropods. We know that there were very large animals, ”said the dinosaur expert and conservator at the Bavarian State Collection for Paleontology and Geology, Oliver Rauhut. Nevertheless, the find is very interesting. "It is absolutely fascinating that so many such giant herbivores have lived together there without having devoured the landscape."

The researchers hope for more finds on the rocks where "Bigfoot" died millions of years ago. There are other “fantastic dinosaur skeletons” that need to be researched, Maltese said.

From dpa / RND