May 21, 2008 — Herds of dinosaurs once wandered Arabia and have left behind some footprints in what’s being called the first set of trackways discovered on the Arabian Peninsula.
The approximately 165 million-year-old tracks in Yemen appear to have been made by at least two types of dinosaurs, with young and old dinos traveling together along what was once a coastal mud flat.
“It’s a bit of a dinosaur highway,” said paleontologist Anne Schulp of the Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
The discovery also reinforces the idea that there are probably lots of undiscovered dinosaur fossils on the Arabian Peninsula. In fact, Stevens says she is planning to investigate more trackways near the first site with her colleagues Schulp and Mohammed Al-Wosabi of Sana’a University, Sana’a, in the Republic of Yemen.