Fox News reports that the paw print is one of the many images on display at the new “Paws in a Box” exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The exhibit, which runs through September 27, highlights the evolution of animal traits over time.
The paw print comes from a prehistoric species of animal, the fossilized remains of which were discovered by a team of geologists in the late 1990s.
The fossilized animal’s legs are longer than its body, and its feet are shorter than its hindquarters.
The prints are more prominent than the animals fossil bones, but they aren’t as visible as the original fossilized prints.
The new exhibit was inspired by a photo taken in 2003 of a panda cubs paw print.
A photographer for CNN was able to get the original image, and the fossil image was used to create the new paw print image.
“We’re using the fossil prints as the template for the new one, which we can then make,” museum curator David McKeown said.
“But I can’t reveal the identity of the original photographer.”
Fox News’ Meghan Murphy contributed to this report.