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Dinosaur tracks from Western Canada (free pdf)

From: Ben Creisler

A new paper not yet mentioned:

Richard T. Mccrea, Lisa G. Buckley, P. J. Currie, A. G. Plint, J. W.
Haggart, C. W. Helm & S. G. Pemberton (2014)
A review of vertebrate track-bearing formations from the Mesozoic and
earliest Cenozoic of western Canada with a description of a new
theropod ichnospecies and reassignment of an avian ichnogenus.
in Lockley, M.G. & Lucas, S.G., eds., 2014, Fossil footprints of
western North America.  New Mexico Museum of Natural History and
Science Bulletin 62 : 5-94

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The past quarter century has seen a marked increase in the recognition
of fossil vertebrate tracksites in western Canada. Most of these finds
were made in Alberta and British Columbia, but the Yukon Territory can
lay claim to at least one tracksite and probably has the potential to
yield more sites. The record of dinosaur tracks with skin impressions
has increased dramatically, and is now represented by specimens of
ankylosaurs, large ornithopods, small theropods, and tyrannosauroids.
Notable new finds include the first record of sauropods in Canada,
evidence of herding behavior in ankylosaurs, and the first pterosaur
tracks in Canada. First discoveries of track specimens from several
formations in western Canada include the Mountain Park Member of the
Gates Formation in Alberta, and the Boulder Creek, Goodrich, Kaskapau,
Cardium and Marshybank formations in northeastern British Columbia.
Significant finds continue to be made in the Wapiti Formation in
western Alberta near Grande Cache and in northeastern British
An important step in the recognition and preservation of important
track resources was made in Alberta when the tracksites in the Gates
Formation near Grande Cache were designated as a provincial heritage
resource in 2006. Tracks are virtually unknown from pre-Cretaceous
rocks in western Canada, with the only possible exception being the
last stage of the Jurassic (Tithonian). The majority of the oldest
tracksites are found in and around the Rocky Mountains of British
Columbia, whereas the younger tracksites are found in the Foothills
and Plains of both British Columbia and Alberta. The record of fossil
vertebrate tracks in western Canada is important for filling the
temporal gaps in known occurrences of terrestrial vertebrates left by
a sparse skeletal record. Fossil tracks and trackways can also be used
to interpret the behavior, biomechanics and ecology of extinct animals
in ways not possible to realize solely from the study of skeletal

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