A stunned hiker got the shock of his life when he stumbled across the footprint of a dinosaur which roamed the earth 230 million years ago.

The incredible discovery was made in mountains to the north of Barcelona and according to archaeologists “is exceptionally well-preserved”.

The walker was spending the day in the picturesque Olesa de Montserrat area, about 25 miles from the city, when he did a double-take at a fossil .

He told experts who confirmed the imprint of a huge claw was made by a massive reptile which lived in the Middle Triassic era.

Eudald Mujal, a scientist at the University of Barcelona, said the footprint comes from the extinct Isochirotherium and mirrors similar finds made in England and Scotland.

The Spanish find is said to be the best preserved dinosaur print so far seen in the Iberian Peninsula.

The imprint clearly shows the claws and scales and will help to shed light on the history of the area, as well as how such reptiles were the forerunners of dinosaurs.

Experts believe the huge Isochirotherium looked similar to a crocodile but probably walked upright and had very long arms and legs.

Source: Hiker gets the shock of his life after stumbling across 230million-year-old dinosaur footprint on day out – Mirror Online