British Student Discovers 300 Million Year Old Fossilized Footprints

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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.

Resources: Dailymail.co.uk, Metro.co.uk

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340 Comments
  • am-olm1
    am-olm1Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 11:21 pm
    I wish I could be able to find something really cool!
    • am-olm1
      am-olm1Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 11:21 pm
      He must have really good eyesight to be able to find it!
      • am-olm1
        am-olm1Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 11:21 pm
        Wow! Amazing
        • italy125
          italy125Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:35 pm
          He is cool. I bet his friends think he is cool to for doing that.
          • TJThursday, January 31, 2019 at 11:40 am
            he is so cool
            • MaxTuesday, December 11, 2018 at 3:53 am
              That boy is good at finding things
              • MaxMonday, December 10, 2018 at 7:23 pm
                This is great
                • fmlSunday, April 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm
                  this is actually really cool! what i wouldnt give to be that student...
                  • someoneThursday, March 22, 2018 at 8:34 am
                    thats actully pretty cool
                    • radtazzFriday, November 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm
                      I like fossils they are cool