British Student Discovers 300 Million Year Old Fossilized Footprints

By Meera Dolasia on March 29, 2013

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A ten-year old British student has taken the world of Paleontology by storm with his discovery of a fossilized imprint that experts believe is more than 300 million-years old, from the Carboniferous period around the time when Pangaea was being formed.

Bruno Debattista, a member of the after school club at Oxford University's Museum of Natural History was on a vacation in Cornwall last summer, when he came across a shale that appeared to have a fossilized print on it. Encouraged by the history club instructors to seek out and pick up anything that looked interesting, he decided to take it in for the club's weekly show and tell session. Suspecting that the shale might be an important discovery, the museum officials decided to send it to the experts for assessment.

Earlier this week, after a thorough analysis and much argument, they came back with their verdict - Young Bruno had indeed been right. The shale had captured and preserved the footprints of a couple of horseshoe crabs for over 300 million years.

Needless to say, Bruno who was selected by his teachers to attend this club because of his strong love of natural history is thrilled and has decided to donate his first important archeological find to the museum.


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  • courtney1122334
    courtney1122334Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    wow dats cool!
    • AbigailThursday, March 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm
      I learned that in this article this little kid that is around 10 found a 300,000,000 year old fossil.
      • EvanThursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:24 am
        fossils are interesting
        • GreysonThursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:24 am
          This is really cool because this 10 year old found a 300 million year old fossil
          • EmmaThursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:06 am
            In this article I learned about a british boy who went on a field trip and found a 300 million year old fossil.
            • Lily Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:35 pm
              Fossils r cool to look at and read about
              • zedy406
                zedy406Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm
                • stefyThursday, March 19, 2015 at 3:06 pm
                  I am empressed
                  • joyThursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:39 am
                    • cool girl#1Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:34 pm

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