Trace fossil footprint

Proof of beasts

This is one of a number of recently-discovered footprints in East Devon. They provide further evidence that large reptiles once roamed through the Triassic deserts in which the red rocks formed. They were made by weird animals, just at the start of the evolution of the dinosaurs. One day someone is going to find a very substantial skeleton in these Triassic rocks, so long as people continue to search for them. This specimen is the front or ‘manus’ footprint, but others are from the rear or ‘pes’ print.

 

 

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Trace fossil footprint

Scientific name

Chirothere footprint

Type

Trace Fossils


Strata

Otter Sandstone

Time period

Triassic

Age

230 million years

Where found

Foreshore below Peak Hill

Found by

Rob Coram and donated to the museum in 2014

Museum

Sidmouth Museum

Accession number

SID.G7.2014 MANUS