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Aug 18, 2013 4:20 PM

Fossil footprint?

Hi,

  We have just returned from a holiday in Dorset. Whilst at Bowleaze Cove I found this, which looks like a fossil dog footprint. Is it? It was about the size of a large dog's print and was in a huge rock on the shore so it's still there! ThanksLEL and Osmington holiday 070.JPG

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    Aug 18, 2013 8:44 PM (in response to Rikki)
    Re: Fossil footprint?

    Rikki,

     

    Gosh, it does look rather like a footprint, I agree.

     

    Crocodile and ichthyosaur fossils have been recorded from Bowleaze Cove

    http://www.bowleazecove.ukfossils.co.uk/.

    ...But nothing that would leave a footprint like yours.

    The arrangement of three 'toes' within the obvious paw shape - that's also difficult to equate to a particular group of animals. The rocks at your locality are much too old for cats (see this discussion).

     

    I think your specimen is merely a footprint look-alike, unfortunately.

    (Here's another one - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcjbird/5353968983/)

     

    Probably, the 'toes' are where small pebbles, that had been embedded in the rock, have fallen out. However, there is a certain similarity between them, and similarity of gap between them - and that does bother me a bit.

    I can't think of another explanation.

    So I would be pleased to have somebody else's opinion.

     

    Mike

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