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Farlow, JO, Bates, KT, Bonem, RM, Dattilo, BF, Falkingham, PL, Gildner, R, Jacene, J, Kuban, GJ, Martin, AJ, O'Brien, M and Whitcraft, J (2015) DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS FROM THE GLEN ROSE FORMATION (PALUXY RIVER, DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK, SOMERVELL COUNTY, TEXAS). In: Early- and Mid-Cretaceous Archosaur Localities of North-Central Texas, SVP 2015 Meeting Field Trip Guidebook . pp. 14-37. (75th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology, 13th-17 October 2015, Dallas, Texas).

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Dinosaur footprints are found in the Glen Rose Formation and other Lower Cretaceous stratigraphic units over much of central Texas (Pittman, 1989; Rogers, 2002; Farlow et al., 2006). Dinosaur tracks
were discovered in the rocky bed of the Paluxy River, near the town of Glen Rose, Texas, early in the 20th Century (Jasinski, 2008; Farlow et al., 2012b). Ellis W. Shuler of Southern Methodist University did pioneering studies on the dinosaur tracks (Shuler 1917, 1935, 1937), and Langston (1974) summarized much of the early literature.
What really put the dinosaur footprints of the Paluxy River on the map, though, were the herculean efforts that Roland T. Bird of the American Museum of Natural History made to secure trackway slabs for display at that institution and at the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin (Bird, 1985; Jasinski, 2008). In 1970 Dinosaur Valley State Park was created to protect the dinosaur footprints.
This guidebook briefly summarizes earlier work, and also serves as an interim report of research of our group still in progress, concerned with identifying the makers of the Paluxy River footprints, and determining what those animals were up to as they made their tracks. We will offer some comparisons of the dinosaur tracks of the Glen Rose Formation with those from other ichnofaunas around the world. The last quarter-century has seen an explosive increase in the technical literature dealing with dinosaur footprints, and we cannot possibly cite all of the relevant studies. For the sake of brevity we will emphasize publications from the present century, and summary papers and books, as much as possible. Even with this restriction, however, the literature is so vast that the literature-cited “tail” of this report starts to wag the “dog” of the text.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Indiana University, Department of Geosciences
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 12:53
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:14
Editors: Noto, C
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2165
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