Campaign to save Texas fossilized dinosaur tracks

July 5, 2011 7:43:23 AM PDT
Some fossilized tracks housed in a small building outside the Texas Memorial Museum on the University of Texas campus tell the story of two beasts. Two dinosaurs, along an ancient sea near present-day Fort Worth, tramped through coastal mud and left enormous tracks.

A new $1 million science center fundraising campaign aims to save the tracks and move them inside the museum.

Experts tell the Austin American-Statesman that the deteriorating tracks are gems because they include the first sauropod -- plant-eater -- tracks to be documented.

The so-called Glen Rose dinosaur tracks are named for the present-day location about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth where they were discovered in 1940.

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