Yang Zherui asked his parents to take him to see mysterious dents in Sichuan.

He told his mother the prints had been left by dinosaurs after observing them.

His mother contacted a dinosaur scientist, who backed the child's conclusion.

Many locals had seen the markings, but the boy was the first to identify them.

A five-year-old boy in China has identified five dinosaur footprints dating back around 130million years during a family trip to a rural village.

Little Yang Zherui claimed that the mysterious markings could be the fossilised imprints of dinosaurs' feet after looking at them closely, according to a scientist who has backed the boy's conclusion.

The locals had seen the prints for a long time, but Zherui was the first person to link them to dinosaurs.

A five-year-old boy in China has identified five dinosaur footprints dating back to the Cretaceous Period. The picture shows one of the markings left on a slab of rock in Sichuan

Zherui had asked his parents to take him to see the previously unidentified prints in south-western China's Sichuan after hearing them talking about it.

The boy, Yang Zherui (pictured), loves science and has been attending classes about dinosaurs

Upon observation, he told his mother that the tracks could be from a type of bird-like dinosaurs, which he had learned about.

After hearing about Zherui's detailed explanation, his parents contacted Xing Lida, a dinosaur specialist and deputy professor at the China University of Geosciences.

Little Zherui's claim has been confirmed by Xing Lida, a dinosaur specialist and deputy professor at the China University of Geosciences

The valuable footmarks were left by theropods, a type of bird-like dinosaurs that were three-toed and had hollow limbs, explained Xing who revealed the incident to the media.

Xing told MailOnline that the track was likely to be left around 130million years ago during the Cretaceous Period.

Xing is pictured with dinosaur-loving Zherui

According to the palaeontologist, Little Zherui loves science and has been attending classes about dinosaurs.

Earlier this month, he and his parents left their home in Chengdu to visit his grandfather, who lives in the county of Bazhong.

During the trip, he asked his grandfather and parents to take him to a nearby village after hearing then talking about some strange markings there known as 'chicken feet'.

The locals had seen the 'chicken feet' prints for a long time, but no one knew how they had formed or their potential significance.

The family headed to the village of Chaoyang on October 1, bringing tools to help them look for the prints in the wild.

After locating the dents on the big slab of stone, Zherui's mother asked the boy if the markings had come from dinosaurs.

The boy immediately said yes and claimed that they had probably been left by theropods which were known to have three toes.

His mother took pictures of the prints and got in touch with Xing through Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.

Xing set out to Bazhong with his team on Friday and confirmed that the markings were indeed footprints by theropods.

The expert claimed that the footprints were the first found trace of dinosaurs dating back to the Cretaceous Period, which lasted from 145million to 66million years ago, in the northern part of the Sichuan Basin.

Xing said he and his team would carry on studying the tracks and arrange an exhibition for them in the future.

This article is republished from Daily Mail Online. Read the original article.

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