170 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprints Just Turned Up on Isle of Skye

By Tom Pritchard on at

Suspiciously close to the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom comes the new announcement that researchers have discovered fresh sets of dinosaur footprints on the north eastern part of Scotland's Isle of Skye. The prints are around 170 million-years old, and are the second set of fossilised prints discovered on the island.

The prints were found on Brothers' Point - Rubha nam Brathairean on the Trotternish peninsula on Skye's north eastern coast. They were made two different kinds of dino, with therapod and sauropod tracks surrounding what was a shallow lagoon back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and Northern Scotland was far warmer than it is now.

While it's true that dino tracks were previously discovered on Skye back in 2015, these tracks were found in much older rock and date back to the Middle Jurassic period. Such sites are rare, which makes the find extra important.

Apparently tidal conditions are making the site hard to study, but researchers have found at least 50 tracks - the largest of which measure 70cm across. The research itself was conducted by Paige De Polo, studying for a Master's degree in palaeontology and geobiology at University of Edinburgh. She said:

"It was found in rocks that were slightly older than those previously found at Duntulm on the island and demonstrates the presence of sauropods in this part of the world through a longer timescale than previously known.

This site is a useful building block for us to continue fleshing out a picture of what dinosaurs were like on Skye in the Middle Jurassic."


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