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Dinosaur Footprints Reservation
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Darwin and some real dinosaur footprints
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300 ft Vertical Wall in Bolivia  has over 10,000  Dinosaur Footprints 68 million years old.
300 ft Vertical Wall in Bolivia has over 10,000 Dinosaur Footprints 68 million years old.
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Paradise City Press: Holyoke Dinosaur Tracks Show Prehistoric History
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Amazing Dinosaur Footprints Discovery!
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Dinosaur Footprints
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Frantic dinosaur footprints point to the flood
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Dinosaur footprints at Otjihaenamaparero, Namibia - Trace Fossils
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Dinosaur Footprints
Dinosaur Footprints
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Dinosaur footprints found in Eden Project rainforest
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Researchers unveil 'unparalleled' dinosaur footprint discovery
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Dinosaur footprints at Gettysburg
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Rare Dinosaur Footprints Discovered in Pakistan
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Dinosaur footprints analysed near gas site
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Australian scientists amazed by rare dinosaur tracks
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Dinosaur Footprint Reservation
Dinosaur Footprint Reservation
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170-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprints Found In Scotland
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Real Dinosaur footprints -Broome Western Australia
Real Dinosaur footprints -Broome Western Australia
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USA - Dinosaur Tracks at Tuba City (Arizona)
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Jurassic Park: World’s largest ever dinosaur footprint found in western Australia - TomoNews
Jurassic Park: World’s largest ever dinosaur footprint found in western Australia - TomoNews
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Ichnology: Dinosaur Footprints and Other Animal Traces from the Past
Ichnology: Dinosaur Footprints and Other Animal Traces from the Past
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Dinosaur Footprints Holyoke, MA
Dinosaur Footprints Holyoke, MA
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VIDEO: Dinosaur Footprints Found On Western Australian Beach
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The Dinosaur Dance Floor - 65,000,000 Years Old Dinosaur Footprints in Bolivia
The Dinosaur Dance Floor - 65,000,000 Years Old Dinosaur Footprints in Bolivia
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Oldest dinosaur footprints in Bolivia
Oldest dinosaur footprints in Bolivia
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Dinosaur Footprints - Video Learning - WizScience.com
Dinosaur Footprints - Video Learning - WizScience.com
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World’s biggest dinosaur footprint discovered in ‘Australia’
World’s biggest dinosaur footprint discovered in ‘Australia’
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Dinosaur Prints In Western Australia Under Threat
Dinosaur Prints In Western Australia Under Threat
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Human and Dino Footprints in Holyoke Ma, Connecticut River Valley
Human and Dino Footprints in Holyoke Ma, Connecticut River Valley
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REAL LIFE DINOSAUR TRACKS DISCOVERY!
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Glen Rose Dinosaur Tracks
Glen Rose Dinosaur Tracks
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No human tracks at Dinosaur Footprint Reservation in Holyoke, Massachusetts
No human tracks at Dinosaur Footprint Reservation in Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Dinosaur tracks in Glen Rose, Texas
Dinosaur tracks in Glen Rose, Texas
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Ancient Dinosaur Footprint Found in Western Australia
Ancient Dinosaur Footprint Found in Western Australia
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Enormous Dinosaur Footprint Found In Bolivia | NowThis
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Dinosaur footprints @ Red Rocks
Dinosaur footprints @ Red Rocks
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One Of The Largest Known Dinosaur Footprints Found In The Gobi Desert
One Of The Largest Known Dinosaur Footprints Found In The Gobi Desert
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Germany: Huge DINOSAUR footprint trail discovered near Hannover
Germany: Huge DINOSAUR footprint trail discovered near Hannover
Published: 2015/08/21
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Josh Knox discusses the Dinosaur Tracks in Holyoke
Josh Knox discusses the Dinosaur Tracks in Holyoke
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Dinosaur footprints
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Dinosaur Valley Tracks: 112 Million Years in the Making - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
Dinosaur Valley Tracks: 112 Million Years in the Making - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]
Published: 2013/03/20
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Dinosaur Footprints at Brook
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Published: 2012/03/23
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A footprint of Eubrontes, the most common dinosaur ichnogenus found at Dinosaur Footprints.

Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA is an 8-acre (3 ha) wilderness reservation purchased for the public in 1935 by The Trustees of Reservations. The Reservation is currently being managed with the assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The fossil and plant resources on the adjacent Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E) riverfront property are being managed cooperatively by The Trustees, Mass DCR, and HG&E.

the footprints in a row, as the dinosaurs walked

The dinosaur tracks at this site were among the first to be scientifically described in 1836,[1] and are still visible to visitors. Hundreds of tracks, which were made by as many as four distinct types of two-legged dinosaur, are present in the sandstone outcrops. Additional fossils that have been found at the site or nearby include invertebrate burrows, fish, and plants (including charcoalified logs and leaves). The parallel orientation of many of the dinosaur trackways was among the first lines of evidence used to support the novel theory that dinosaurs traveled in packs or groups.

Fossils[edit]

As the name implies, fossil footprints are this park's main attraction. They were formed during the Early Jurassic period (approximately 200 million years ago) when what is now the Connecticut River Valley was a subtropical region filled with lakes and swamps. Bipedal, carnivorous dinosaurs up to 20 feet (6 m) long left footprints on the ancient mudflats. The area was acclaimed by 19th century paleontologists for its abundance of fossil specimens, dinosaur tracks in particular, and the reservation is popular with the ichnologists who study them. This area was first studied by Edward Hitchcock, the Amherst College professor who advanced the revolutionary notion that rather than being cold-blooded reptiles, dinosaurs were more like a sort of "reptilian bird." In the 1930s, a Springfield, Massachusetts newspaper poked fun at this notion by referring to the animals that left the fossilized footprints as "the Giant Turkeys of Prof. Hitchcock."[2]

The late John Ostrom of Yale University mapped the site and reported finding 134 tracks preserved in the sandstone beds in a seminal paper he wrote on dinosaur gregariousness.[3] Ostrom attributed the tracks to small, medium, and large theropod dinosaurs, and assigned the tracks to the ichnospecies Grallator cuneatus, which are 3 inches (76 mm) to 5 inches (127 mm) long, Anchisauripus sillimani, and Eubrontes giganteus, which are 11 inches (279 mm) to 13 inches (330 mm) long. The parallel orientation of the Eubrontes giganteus trackways and the supposed lack of a physical barrier led Ostrom to the conclusion that the large animals were gregarious and traveled in a "herd, pack, or flock."

The latest mapping project, conducted by Patrick Getty and Aaron Judge, has shown that there are at least 787 dinosaur tracks at the site and that the Eubrontes giganteus trackways are in fact parallel, or nearly parallel, to the orientation of oscillation wave-formed ripples. Considering that oscillation ripples form parallel to the shoreline, these authors suggested that the parallel trackways represent shoreline-paralleling behavior in large carnivores rather than group behavior.[4] The hypothesis that the parallel trackways were made by shoreline-paralleling behavior is further supported by the fact that parallelism is not seen in Eubrontes giganteus trackways preserved at other sites in the Connecticut River Valley.[5][6] [7]In addition to the footprints of theropod dinosaurs, those of early ornithischians, called Anomoepus scambus (some with associated tail drags), have been identified at Dinosaur Footprint Reservation.[8] Non-dinosaurs are represented by footprints called Batrachopus, which were made by basal crocodilians.

Smith College professor William J. Miller wrote in his Geological History of the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts:

The largest numbers by far have been found at various localities in the general direction of Turner's Falls and South Hadley. In regard to the perfect preservation of such a vast number of geologically ancient animal tracks no district in the world is at all comparable with the Connecticut Valley ... In one case the writer is able to step, with a stride of about three and a half feet, in a series of eleven footprints, each about a foot long, exactly where a giant dinosaur left his foot print impressions on the original surface.

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Ripple marks preserved in sandstone at Dinosaur Footprints.

A dirt path leads from the reservation entrance to the footprints. Besides the clearly formed dinosaur tracks, visitors can see imprints left by prehistoric plants, invertebrate trace fossils and delicate ripple marks of an ancient pool preserved in stone near the river's west bank. Fossils in situ are located not only in the reservation itself, but on other land including a riverfront parcel owned by Holyoke Gas and Electric and managed cooperatively with the Trustees of Reservations and the Commonwealth.[9] There is also a place to see dinosaur tracks in nearby Granby, Massachusetts.[10] Amherst College has a museum that displays the dinosaur footprints that were once found in South Hadley.[11]

Visiting[edit]

The reservation is open daylight hours from April 1 to November 30 and has educational programs for children.[9][12] For visitor safety, Guilford Transportation, which owns the railroad corridor, does not permit crossing of railroad tracks. As such, there is no legal access to the Connecticut River. Mountain biking is not allowed. Dogs must be kept on leash at all times.

A short trail parallels Route 5 northward from the entrance to the location of the dinosaur footprints and is easily walked.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hitchcock, Edward (1836). "Ornithichnology.-Description of the foot marks of birds, (Ornithichnites) on new Red Sandstone in Massachusetts". American Journal of Science and Arts. 29: 307–340. 
  2. ^ a b Mount Holyoke College: Lost Dinosaur
  3. ^ Ostrom, John (1972). "Were some dinosaurs gregarious?". Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 11 (4): 287–301. doi:10.1016/0031-0182(72)90049-1. 
  4. ^ Getty, Patrick R.; Judge, Aaron; Csonka, Jayme; Bush, Andrew M (2012). Thomas, Margaret, ed. Guidebook for Fieldtrips in Connecticut and Massachusetts: Hartford, State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut, 47th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. Hartford: Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Connecticut Geological & Natural History Survey. p. A1-A18. 
  5. ^ Farlow, J.O.; Galton, P.M. (2003). LeTourneau, P.M.; Olsen, P.E., eds. The Great Rift Valleys of Pangea in eastern North America, volume 2: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Paleontology. New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 248–263. 
  6. ^ Getty, Patrick (2005). "Excavated and in situ dinosaur footprints from the Murray Quarry (Early Jurassic East Berlin Formation), Holyoke, Massachusetts". Ichnos. 12: 163–178. doi:10.1080/10420940591008999. 
  7. ^ Getty, Patrick; Hardy, Laurel; Bush, Andrew (2015). "Was the Eubrontes track maker gregarious? Testing the herding hypothesis at Powder Hill Dinosaur Park, Middlefield, Connecticut". Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History. 56: 95–106. doi:10.3374/014.056.0109. 
  8. ^ Getty, Patrick (2004). "Ornithischian ichnites from Dinosaur Footprint Reservation (Early Jurassic Portland Formation), Holyoke, MA". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 23 (Supp 3): 63A. doi:10.1080/02724634.2003.10010538. 
  9. ^ a b Trustees of Reservations Archived 2007-12-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Nash Dinosaur Track Site and Rock Shop". 
  11. ^ Alexander's New England Odyssey
  12. ^ Passport to Holyoke

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Coordinates: 42°14′30″N 72°37′24″W / 42.241682°N 72.623336°W / 42.241682; -72.623336 (Dinosaur Footprints)

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