Trace fossil footprint

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Where a pterosaur walked

This is one of the most extraordinary fossils in the collection of the Dorset County Museum – the footprints of a flying reptile or pterosaur. They mark a moment in its life when it walked along the shore of a muddy lagoon.

It was presented to the museum by W J Haysom in 1983.

Find out more on the reptiles and trace fossils pages.

Common name

Trace fossil footprint

Scientific name

Purbeckopus pentadactylus

Type

Trace Fossils


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group, Roach Pink Bed

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Court Pound Mine, Langton Matravers

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.06664