purpose of this website is to expose the viewer to the
significance and utility of dinosaur tracks (footprints).
tracks are a type of trace fossil. Trace fossils provide
indirect, but ever useful, evidence of the organism which left the
trace. In this case, dinosaurs left tracks as a trace fossil.
Simply by looking at the trackway (a series of footprints), the tracks can be classified by if they were made by an animal which walked on two feet or four feet. Certain measurements of the trackway can lead to a determination of the size, gait, and speed of the track-maker. Further interpretation can lead to the individual and social behavior of the track-maker. Trackways even give many clues to the paleoenvironment at the time of the track formation.
Dinosaurs were around during the Mesozoic. During that time, they left billions of tracks (and only a small number of body fossils). The shear abundance of the tracks makes them good subjects to study.
To learn more about dinosaur tracks, please click on one of the links from the list at your left.
This webpage was created by Liz Cornejo for Evolutionary Paleoecology 67.236*, Carleton University, Canada.