Trace fossil footprint

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Mega-footprint!

This print was probably made by the hind legs of a megalosaur, a type of large, meat-eating dinosaur. It walked on two powerful legs, with three-toed feet – as you can see from the footprint. The megalosaur was equipped with big, sharp, serrated teeth, which it used to rip apart its prey, including the huge plant-eating sauropod dinosaurs.

Find out more on the reptiles pages.


Common name

Trace fossil footprint

Scientific name

Ichnites

Type

Trace Fossils


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

142 million years

Where found

Swanage

Found by

Mr Hardy

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00126