The 110-million-year-old fossil was first discovered by Philip Hotland, an overseer of collections at the nearby Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. They are believed to have come from at least six different species and have been verified by independent experts.
Hotland said: “In 2011 I saw some unusual records in the formation of Foxstone Rock.
“They seem to be coming back, and all I can think of is that it could be footprints.
“This is contrary to what most geologists say about the rocks here, but I searched for more footprints and I found the best because the waves showed more erosion.
“It took a lot of work to convince the scientific community of its accuracy, so I teamed up with experts from the University of Portsmouth to review what I found.”
The Foxstone Museum now shows some footprints.
David Martell, a professor of paleontology at the University of Portsmouth, explained the importance of the decision.
He commented, “This is the first time that dinosaur footprints have been found in layers known as ‘Foxstone formation’, which is an extraordinary discovery because these dinosaurs were the last to roam the earth before becoming extinct.
“You’ve just traveled near the white cliff of Dover – the next time you go on a boat and see that big cliff, imagine it.
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Different types of dinosaur footprints were found in the group.
These meats contained the food of the therapists, who had three claws on each foot to send prey.
There were ankylosers protected by a hard shell, and so-called ornithopods with bird-like paws.
Iguanotone is one of the largest bird species.
Mr Hotland said the findings would change our understanding of the region’s geography.
He explained, “In addition to the fact that dinosaurs migrated to coastal birds, we also found new evidence that changed the geographical interpretation of the layers of Foxstone formation.
“What has been published so far about the geography of an area is not always accurate and it shows that new knowledge can be gained.
“Almost everyone has the opportunity to make a discovery that expands the scientific knowledge of geographical sites that are generally accessible.”
Dinosaurs died during the Cretaceous and Paleogene extinctions 66 million years ago.
However, birds, close relatives of dinosaurs, thrive to this day.
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