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‘Treasure trove’ of dinosaur footprints uncovered by strong storms

A “treasure trove” of dinosaur footprints — from at least seven different species, including a species of stegosaur — that date back about 100 million years have been uncovered by storm surge in the United Kingdom, researchers from the University of Cambridge revealed on Monday.

More than 85 “well-preserved” dinosaur prints from the Cretaceous period were recovered in East Sussex, along cliffs near Hastings, from 2014 through 2018, the researchers said. Their impressive findings were recently published in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

“Many of the footprints — which range in size from less than 2 cm to over 60 cm across — are so well-preserved that fine detail of skin, scales and claws is easily visible,” the researchers wrote.

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Dr. Neil Davies, who co-authored the study, said the detailed prints were found during the past four winters as strong storms hit the area. Davies was impressed by the diversity of the prints, which have “incredible detail” due to the damp environment.

“You can clearly see the texture of the skin and scales, as well as four-toed claw marks, which are extremely rare,” he explained in an online statement.

Anthony Shillito, a student in Cambridge’s department of earth sciences and fellow co-author, said the whole body of fossils that were retrieved will help shed light on which dinosaurs co-existed and how they impacted the land they once roamed.

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“You can get some idea about which dinosaurs made them from the shape of the footprints – comparing them with what we know about dinosaur feet from other fossils lets you identify the important similarities. When you also look at footprints from other locations you can start to piece together which species were the key players,” Davies agreed.

Specifically, Shillito plans to focus on how the large ancient creatures impacted river flows.

“We do see some smaller-scale evidence of their impact; in some of the deeper footprints you can see thickets of plants that were growing. We also found evidence of footprints along the banks of river channels, so it’s possible that dinosaurs played a role in creating those channels,” he explained.

The area the dinosaur prints were found is apparently one of the top digging sites in England, and researchers hope to find even more evidence in the coming years.

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Astronaut describes watching the Moon landing with President Nixon in the White House

On July 20, 1969, NASA astronaut Frank Borman watched with President Nixon in the White House as his colleague Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps on the Moon.

“I was assigned by NASA to be the liaison with the White House,” he told Fox News during a phone interview. “I was watching on TV with President Nixon.”

The Apollo 8 and Gemini 7 astronaut said that the atmosphere in the White House was probably no different to the millions of homes across the U.S. where families were glued to their TVs.

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“Everyone was hoping for the best,” he said.

President Nixon was “very excited and very happy,” watching the lunar landing, according to Borman. “He was happy on two fronts – one for his presidency and one for the crew,” he added.

Borman was also present in the White House when Nixon called the Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon. The President described the call as the most historic telephone call ever made from the White House.

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The former Air Force pilot was also involved in preparing a speech that Nixon would have used if Armstrong and Aldrin were unable to leave the Moon. The statement, which was never delivered, was written by Presidential speechwriter William Safire, according to Space.com.

“I was involved in, shall we say, editing it,” Borman told Fox News.

Borman’s fellow Apollo 8 astronaut Jim Lovell was Neil Armstrong’s backup for the Moon mission. “I was in the Launch Control Center during the flight,” he told Fox News.

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There was a particularly anxious moment when the lunar module was running low on fuel. “Neil did a very good job – we thought that he was nearly out of gas when he landed!” said Lovell.

Best known as the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, Lovell recalls the celebrations when the module successfully reached the lunar surface. The mission, however, wasn’t over until the Apollo 11 command module carrying Amstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969.

“The final celebration was the collection of the crew when they were picked up from the water by the Navy,” he told Fox News.

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‘Miracle baby’ survives after being given less than 1 percent chance of survival

An Indiana couple is thankful for the miracle of life after their son was given a grim chance of survival — only to fight against the odds.

Daniel Breyts was told to start preparing for his newborn’s funeral before he was able to hold his son, Rowan, who was born three months early on April 11, 2018, and suffered from Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), an aggressive infectious disease that attacked his intestines.

“I did a lot praying during his whole hospital stay,” Jessica Novac, his mother told “Fox & Friends.”

She told Fox News Rowan is her “hero” after all he’s been through.

“Without a small intestine, he could never eat. He would never grow. He was too small to hope for a transplant. It was a death sentence,” Breyts said of the diagnosis. “We kissed him and cried, telling him how much we loved him and wished there was something we could do.”

The couple spent as much time with him as they could, offering him kind words and apologies through tears, but instead of getting worse, Rowan’s condition improved.

“Jess and I spoke at length and decided that he wasn’t giving up…neither would we,” Breyts said. So they contacted Riley’s Children Hospital in Indianapolis which offered to take his case and even mentioned the possibility of a transplantation of his intestines.

Four days later he went into surgery, and the doctors had some shocking news.

“She told me they saw a lot of pink viable intestine, which was the exact opposite of what we had been told,” Breyts said.

After seven months in NICU, Rowan was able to make his first trip home of his life.

“Seeing him myself and knowing where he came from as far as how small he was and the issues that he had, in my heart he is a miracle,” Breyts told FOX 59. “He’s an honest-to-God miracle.”

While they still have many appointments and things to do at home medically, Novac said she is thankful for so many people and spiritually excited to plan her son’s future. Many have donated to their PayPal account to help cover the medical costs.

At birth, Rowan weighed a little over a pound and was about the size of his mother’s hand, but today, he is 14 pounds, 6 ounces and “growing like a weed!”