The world’s largest pterosaur footprint has been discovered in Gunwi County, North Gyeongsang Province, the National Heritage Center said yesterday.
An affiliate of the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea, the center said, “A pterosaur footprint 354 millimeters long and 173 millimeters wide was found in late March. The footprint was discovered in a geological stratum belonging to the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era dating back 90 million to 110 million years ago.”
Given the size of the footprint, the pterosaur is estimated to have wings longer than six to seven meters.
After six months of study, the center concluded that the footprint is the world’s largest.
That is interesting news, but I bring this up for another reason: namely, the chance to repost one of my favorite entries. You see, prior to this discovery, the largest one was discovered in Haenam county, Jeollanam-do---meaning South Korea has the two largest pterosaur footprints in the world---and local researchers were working to get Jeollanam-do's many dinosaur sites registered on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage list. Said one of the researchers from Chonnam National University attached to the project:
"It's not impossible and we are hoping for the best. If they do decide to register the area, it will bring a whole new dimension to the study of Korean dinosaurs."
Ah, so now there are Korean dinosaurs. Please don't tell anyone, though, because then you'll never get them to shut up about "Do you know? Korea has 100 million years of history."