Sunday 21 January 2018

Bogs are alive with dinosaurs

Could it be Finn McCool? Is it Bigfoot? Google Earth features an aerial image of what looks like a giant footprint in the Burren and the country's nimblest minds leap to the obvious conclusion: the track must have been made by a mythical creature. There is none so blind as those who see monsters everywhere.

Fortunately, the not-very-mysterious mystery was solved last week when scientists in Clare identified the 'footprint' -- a 100-metre by 30-metre indentation -- as a locally common geological quirk formed by dissolving limestone.

Thankfully, some people do know the difference between their arse and a hole in the ground.

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