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 (see lower image).

Find out more on the reptiles pages.

Common name

Trace fossil footprint

Scientific name

Chirothere footprint


Trace Fossils


Otter Sandstone

Time period



230 million years

Where found

Foreshore below Peak Hill

Found by

Rob Coram and donated to the museum in 2014


Sidmouth Museum

Accession number