Age: 205-200 Million Years Old (Early Jurassic) Location: Connecticut River Valley, Massachusetts Ichnogenus: Grallator Species: Theropod dinosaur species, possibly Podeksaurus
Track size: 6” x 3” Slab Size: 11” x 9” x 1”
This specimen is a raised impression, otherwise known as a “natural cast”. This process of fossilization occurs when a trace is made, quickly hardens, and is buried swiftly with fresh sedimentary deposits that harden within the true impression. Occasional when you split the rocks of this region, you can get both the positive and negative impressions. However in some cases, like this, only one side of the fossil impression survives.
The footprints were discovered, amongst others, by a farm boy, Pliny Moody. E.B. Hitchcock, a clergyman, described the Grallator footprints and others as evidence of ancient birds.