Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Measuring a theropod footprint

Finding the dinosaur tracks is always exciting. Especially if they are from very large animals. This theropod seems to have left the print of its true heel (the metatarsals) as well. This footprint without the metatarsals impression and with the missing tip of the toe # III (the broken off rock) taken into account, according to the shape and the relative dimensions of the other smaller prints on this site (Pogledalo promontory of the Main Brijun island, Istria, Croatia). measured about 60-65 cm in length: This translates into a theropod that was about 9-10 meters long. It is a left foot impression. The trackway is from the Early Cretaceous, Barremian age. Some 125 million years old.

The tracksite has been described in the paper free to download.

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