|The 110 to 112 million year old footprint of a nodosaur found in Maryland|
A geological study of the area showed that the footprint was early Cretaceous in age, coming in at 110 to 112 million years old. Slowly, a picture emerges of what Maryland was like hundreds of millions of years ago. Stanford went on to find several footprints belonging to small carnivorous theropods. Other fossils found in the region show that it was once covered in giant pines and monkey puzzles.
When we put this evidence together, we discover a land inhabited by lumbering giants and quick footed predators stalking prey through the wet mud on an ancient forest floor. Fossils can show up in the most unexpected of places. The Goddard Flight Centre falls directly in the so-called Dinosaur Alley. The bones of an armored giant might just be recovered from the red rocks in Maryland just as the Mars Rover traverses over those on Mars.