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Identifying tracks



Looking at the image of the _Othnielia_ hind foot cast at
<www.paleoclones.com/dinosaurs/clawsandteeth.htm#270>, I can't help but
notice how similar this hypsilophodont foot is to that of a theropod.  This
makes me wonder: could hypsilophodont feet like this produce tracks that
are misidentified as theropod tracks?  Would one be able to distinguish
between the tracks of these different taxa in tracks of average quality, or
would there be no way to feel reasonably confident about this?  If this
identification is tricky, might it not throw off faunal composition
studies?

----------Ralph W. Miller III
               ralph.miller@alumni.usc.edu