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The history of dinosaur footprint discoveries in Wyoming with emphasis on the Bighorn Basin

Ichnos: An International Journal for Plant and Animal Traces

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https://doi.org/10.1080/10420940490428823

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Abstract

Dinosaur traces are well known from the western United States in the Colorado Plateau region (Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona). Utah contains the greatest abundance of known and documented dinosaur footprints and trackways. Far less well known, however, is the occurrence and distribution of dinosaur footprint-bearing horizons in Wyoming. Scientific studies over the past 10 years have shown that three of the four Middle and Upper Jurassic formations in northern Wyoming contain dinosaur footprints. Two of the footprint-bearing horizons are located in geologic intervals that were once thought to have been deposited in offshore to nearshore marine settings and represent rare North American examples of Middle Jurassic (Bajocian and Bathonian) dinosaur remains. Some of these new Wyoming sites can be correlated to known dinosaur footprint-bearing horizons or intervals in Utah. Wyoming has a great potential for additional discoveries of new dinosaur footprint-bearing horizons, and further prospecting and study is warranted and will ultimately lead to a much better understanding of the geographic distribution and behavior of the potential footprint-makers.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The history of dinosaur footprint discoveries in Wyoming with emphasis on the Bighorn Basin
Series title:
Ichnos: An International Journal for Plant and Animal Traces
DOI:
10.1080/10420940490428823
Volume:
11
Issue:
1-2
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Description:
7 p.
First page:
3
Last page:
9
Country:
United States
State:
Wyoming
Other Geospatial:
Bighorn Basin