Vandals damage ancient dinosaur footprint in Australia

Vandals have partially destroyed a 115-million-year-old dinosaur footprint in a national park in Australia.

Palaeontologists first discovered the imprint of the theropod dinosaur in a tidal rock platform in Flat Rocks, Victoria in 2006.

The area is a well-known dinosaur fossil area and one of the few Ice Age-era dinosaur sites around the world.

Authorities believe the vandals used a hammer to chip away at the three-toed mark which is about 30cm-wide.

"It looked like somebody had taken to it with either a hammer or a rock, and had broken off sections of the toes," Parks Victoria ranger Brian Martin told the BBC.

They left the "freshly broken" pieces scattered around the rock platform, he said.

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