As storms rage along England’s southern coast, great swathes of the region’s sandstone cliffs crumble into the ocean. But when the dust settles, something incredible is revealed. Laid bare, you see, are the footprints of fearsome creatures that walked the Earth in prehistoric times.
The first known dinosaurs emerged some 230 million years ago, with the small, meat-eating bipeds having roamed our planet in the Late Triassic era. And over the centuries that followed, a dizzying array of species would appear – from herbivorous giants that snacked on prehistoric fauna to iconic beasts such as Tyrannosaurus rex – with many continuing to capture the imagination today.
Amazingly, dinosaurs of one species or another existed for about 165 million years, meaning they remain one of the most dominant forms of life to have existed on Earth. And among their kind were some of the biggest creatures to ever walk the planet. The humongous herbivore Argentinosaurus, for example, reached a staggering 115 feet in length.