MASS. DINOSAUR FOOTPRINT #
Species: Grallator #
Age:Early Jurassic ( 200 Million Years )
Location : ERVING ,MA
Size: 4″ There is 1 negative footprint on this side of this plate, and 3″ from left toe to right toe .”There ARE 2 PARTIAL CONCAVE TRACKS on the back side of the plate.
Size: Matrix- 5″ X 6 “
Weight: 1 pounds
This raptor like dinosaur probably stood about 4 to 10 feet tall. Natural fossil is approximately 200 million years old. Beautiful brick red sandstone, from Massachusetts.
Note: Grallator ( means similar to the tracks of the Grallae or heron – stork family )
This is a very nice dinosaur trace fossil. Dinosaur tracks have been chosen as the State Fossils of Massachusetts. This plate contains 1 COMPLETE track that is negative ( convex footprint ) sought by many collectors and it wonderfully exhibits the three-toed nature of the dinosaur’s foot and . The tracks have been slightly darkened for contrast and is extremely well showcased on the plate of matrix. This is a striking example of a collectible dinosaur track that would display well on a shelf or in a display case and quite rare as we don’t get many tracks like this one.
Grallator is an ichnogenus (form taxon based on footprints)( and is thought to be the Coelophysis Dinosaur or Raptor like ) which covers a common type of small, three-toed print made by a variety of bipedal theropod dinosaurs. Grallator-type footprints have been found in formations dating from the Late Triassic through to the early Cretaceous periods. They are found in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and China, but are most abundant on the east coast of North America. The name of the footprint is not the name of the Dinosaur.
Grallator tracks were made by a theropod (carnivorous) dinosaur such as Coelophysis. This track have been well-developed claw impressions on all of the toes. This track has been highlighted., The track is convex
( see diagram above to see how footprints are
made and fossilized).
Also you see a picture that shows you Turkey Tracks in the snow that I photographed 3 winters ago , does it look amazing that the dinosaur tracks look similar to the turkey or a dead ringer for the turkey tracks there’s only 200 million years separating them