THIS FOSSILS DINOSAUR FOOTPRINT IS THE FIRST OF IT’S KIND COLLECTED IN THIS LOCATION IN SCOTLAND. JUST RECENTLY IN 2017 GEOLOGISTS HAVE BEEN STUDYING THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS FROM THE LOCATIONS IN MASS. AND CT. TO THE SAME DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS TO THAT OF FAR NORTHEAST ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN IN WHAT IS CALLED SCOTLAND. JUST A LITTLE OF HISTORY IN THE LATE 1800s THERE ONLY BRIEF MENTIONING OF TWO LOCALITIES ALONG THE EDGE OF LOC NESS IN SCOTLAND NEAR DRUMNADROCHIT
NEAR URQUHART CASTLE AND ONE OTHER LOCALITY MENTIONED BRIEFLY ALONG THE COAST OF TAIN IN WHAT IS KNOWN AS SHANDWICK BAY. ( LOOK AT A MAP OF SCOTLAND ) IN THE SUMMER OF 2017 GEOLOGIST BRETTON CARTER OF MASSACHUSETTS CONDUCTED A STUDY ON BEHALF OF MULTITUDE UNIVERSITIES UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW AND HARVARD TO SAMPLE ROCKS DISCOVERED IN BOTH REGIONS 3000 MILES SEPARATE BOTH AREAS, COMPARE TO EACH OTHER THE CONNECTICUT RIVER BASIN AND THE SURPRISE TO ALL THAT BOTH THE FOSSILS WERE IDENTICAL BUT THE LAYERS OF SANDSTONE, SCHIST, AND MUDSTONES MAKING UP THE MATRIX OF BOTH AREAS WERE IDENTICAL .
THAT MEANS THAT THE CONNECTICUT RIVER BASIN NOT ONLY EXTEND FURTHER INTO CANADA BUT ALSO TO WHAT IS NOW MODERN DAY SCOTLAND MEANING, THIS EVENT IS EVEN MORE CONCRETE EVIDENCE THAT SOME 200 MILLION YEARS AGO THAT THESE GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS WERE MUCH MORE CLOSELY CONNECTED. IN OTHER WORDS, CONTINENTAL DRIFT IS THE REAL THING AND CONTINUES TODAY !!!
( A COPY OF THIS REPORT IN WILL BE INCLUDED WITH THE PURCHASE OF THIS FOOTPRINT.)
Inquiry from Bretton Carter PhD, University of Glasgow
SPECIES: GRALLATOR FOOTPRINTS # 50
AGE: LATE TRIASSIC TO EARLY JURASSIC
LOC. TANIS, SCOTLAND
SIZE: MATRIX 12″ X 6 ”
WEIGHT 10 POUNDS
ON THIS SIDE OF THE MATRIX YOU HAVE ( 2 ) CONVEX FOOTPRINTS 6″ LONG FROM THE TOP OF THE MIDDLE TOE TO THE HEEL AND 7 ” FROM THE LEFT TOE TO THE RIGHT TOE. AND ANOTHER COMPLETE TRACK 4″ CONVEX FOOTPRINT 4″ LONG FROM THE TOP OF THE MIDDLE TOE TO THE HEEL AND 3 ”FROM THE LEFT TOE TO THE RIGHT TOE
ON THE BACK SIDE OF THIS MATRIX YOU HAVE 1 CONCAVE TRACK THAT IS 5 ” LONG FROM THE TOP OF THE MIDDLE TOE TO THE HEEL AND 4 ” FROM THE LEFT TOE TO THE RIGHT TOE.
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 Mass
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. ( concave footprints ) sought by many collectors and it wonderfully exhibits the three-toed nature of the dinosaur’s foot and some footprints are crossing over each other that would indicate that two different animals walked in the same area. The tracks have been slightly darkened for contrast and are extremely well showcased on the plate of the matrix. This is a striking example of collectible dinosaur tracks 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, but was probably COELOPHYSIS Dinosaur !!!!
Grallator tracks were made by a theropod (carnivorous) dinosaur such as Coelophysis. These tracks have been well-developed claw impressions on two of the toes. This track has been highlighted., The tracks are concave footprints ( 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 are only 200 million years separating them !!!!!!!!
|Dimensions||12 × 6 × 3 in|