Identifying Dinosaur Footprints

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You can do the dinosaur footprint math yourself: If the average Tyrannosaurus Rex walked two or three miles per day, it would have left behind thousands of footprints. Multiply that number by T. Rex's multi-decade life span , and you're well into the millions.."The only way to demonstrate conclusively that any one species of dinosaur was responsible for a particular type of footprint is to discover the skeleton of the animal preserved at the end of its fossil trackway" Thulborn, 1990 . No dinosaur has been found in such closeacy with a trackway..Dinosaur tracks are remarkably abundant in many areas, and provide rich sources of scientific information on dinosaur behavior, locomotion, foot anatomy, ecology, chronology, and geographic distributions. Yet for many years dinosaur tracks were largely neglected by most paleontologists, who often seemed to view them as incidental .In detective stories, footprints often identify a suspect. For dinosaur experts, life is more complicated. Prints record skin, flesh and tendon as well as bone..

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