Trace fossil footprint

Most dinosaur footprints are preserved as filled impressions, because the hollow print became filled with sediment that later hardened into rock. This very large print is the impression made by the dinosaur’s foot, but it may not be on the actual surface that the dinosaur walked. As these animals were very heavy, they not only made an impression on the surface, but they also distorted the layers underneath, making an even larger, but less defined ‘footprint’.

Find out more on the reptiles pages and trace fossils pages.

Common name

Trace fossil footprint

Scientific name

Ichnites

Type

Trace Fossils


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group, Upper Cypris Clays and Shales Member

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Corfe Castle

Found by

W T Haysom

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.09724a