One of the best-preserved dinosaur footprints ever found in the UK has been discovered by a little girl on a Welsh beach

Last month, 4-year-old Lily Wilder was walking along a rocky beach in Wales with her family when an unusual-looking boulder caught her eye. When she and her Dad stopped to take a closer look, they quickly realised it wasn’t just any old rock – it had a fossilised dinosaur footprint on it!

Fossil Footprint Found

Excited by what they might have found, the Wilder family called National Museum Wales to tell them about the discovery. Fossil expert Cindy Howells came to investigate, and confirmed what Lily suspected: it was a prehistoric footprint!

The amazing fossil has been examined by palaeontologists (scientists who study dinosaurs), who estimate that the footprint is around 220 million years old!

It belongs to a group of fossils called Grallator footprints, left by a variety of small dinosaurs, including the American Coelophysis. Lily’s discovery measures just over 10cm long, which means that the dinosaur who left it probably stood between 75cm and 2m tall! That’s about as tall as an emu!

The dinosaur would have been a slender animal, which walked on its two hind feet and actively hunted other small animals and insects.

Lily made her discovery on Bendrick’s Bay near Barry in South Wales. This area is a Site of Scientific Interest, known for its fossil finds!

“This fossilised dinosaur footprint is one of the best-preserved examples from anywhere in the UK“, said Cindy Howells, who works with fossils at National Museum Wales. “It will really help palaeontologists to get a better idea about how early dinosaurs walked.”

Thanks to Lily and her family, this fossil has been extracted and moved to National Museum Cardiff. There, it can be enjoyed by others for generations, and could have a significant impact on scientific research. Amazing work, Lily!

If you live near a rocky beach, make sure you keep your eyes peeled – your discovery could be the next to hit the headlines! Check out Nat Geo Kids’ Quick Guide to Fossil Hunting for tips on what to look for!

Thanks to National Museum Wales and the Wilder family for the images used in this article!

Have you ever found a fossil? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • LaurieBear

    WOW, amazing find!

  • Fleur

    AMAZING!!

  • ninja10

    HOW COME THEY GET TO SEE DINO FOOTPRINTS AND WE ALL CANT GO NOT EVEN YOU OR ME!!SAD TIMES,SAD TIMES!!!!!!!!

  • ninja10

    HOW COME THEY GET TO SEE DINO FOOTPRINTS AND NO YOU OR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Cool

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    epic

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    I love dinosaurs!

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    That is so cool.

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    COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    hi joseph

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    I found some fossils

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    Great interesting book Loved reading it

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    OH MY GOD THAT HAS TO BE THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER

  • ADY

    4years old and you found a dino footprint! COOL!!!

  • ADY

    4 years old and you found a dino footprint! Cool!!!

  • WOW!

  • Joseph

    very very lucky

  • lyra

    that would be so cool!!!

  • Cailee

    shes so lucky!!!

  • she has a very good eye

  • Cailee

    Lily's only four and she found a dinosaur footprint wow she's so lucky!!!

  • noah

    this is cool

  • Yarhard6574

    I found a lot of dinosaur fossils lol

  • that is so cool

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  • ???????

    that is so nice she is one lucky kid in the world but how she is only 4 years old! man i wish i could find one.

  • Cats4425

    I wish I could find a prehistoric dinosaur footprint! That is one lucky toddler. Good job lily. :) so good I am surprised

  • jackson

    hi

  • I found a fossil in alberta

  • MANGO

    YES!!!

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    that is amazing!

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    wow!!!

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  • awesome!!!

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  • Miriam

    Awesome

  • Wow lily ! Great work

  • Lava Girl

    Cool

  • That must’ve been so cool , I wish I found one , she is like SO LUCKY !

  • lena

    wow so cool how did you find it?

  • Jaxon

    well i want to

  • Charlote

  • Hope you find more

  • eli

    hi

  • i wish i found one

  • Scott

    SO LUCKY!

  • Wonderful 7

  • Amelie

    COOL

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    Cool

  • ???

    That is one lucky toddler!

  • davina

    cool

  • Grayson

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wow amazing super I bet it helped the scientists

  • Wow, that's amazing. I wish I could find a prehistoric dinosaur footprint!

  • Alice

    Amazing I heard about it on the news but this is a much closer look! It really is a roarsome discovery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Abdullah

    Cool

  • orangutan girl

    love this

  • Josh

    Yay

  • increible nunca lo imagine

  • Frances

    What an ace find! I think it’s super cool!

  • Well done

  • tim

    good job lilly

  • qwq

    oooooo noice

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    ooo

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    ooo

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    cool

  • MillyMopHead

    wow

  • Awesome :)

  • ayrton

    wowzers ! she's only four!

  • blabla

  • What an amazing find she's only four years old well done lilly

  • nice

  • Sophia

    Wow!!!

  • flora

    cool

  • Zifeng

    So good I'm surprised!!!

  • YAY!

  • LOVE IT

  • COOL!!!!!

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    Wow

  • patrycja

    hi

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    wow

  • COOL!

  • I wish i found one

  • Cool

  • Benjie Lightoller

    She is so lucky!

  • well done!

  • Noice

  • Dinosaur Lover

    Wow! What an amazing discovery.

  • Unknown

    GREAT

  • Isla

    That is amazing! I want to find one!

  • KT

    Well Done!

  • Love it well done!

  • Dominic

  • Kane

    Amazing find Lily.

  • Logan

    Love it, Well Done Lily!!

  • sharkie boi

    nice!

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