A few years ago it could be claimed, with some justification, that records of dinosaur footprints and their study was at best a Cinderella subject. Fossilized footprints of this general type had been considered to be of some considerable importance during the early decades of the 19th century –notably through the work of Edward Hitchcock in the (Early Jurassic) Connecticut Valley of the USA. Such work documented the presence of very large, three-toed animals that were presumed to have offered evidence of the apocryphal ‘Noah’s Raven’. While such fossils were recognized as generally ‘interesting’, they were long considered to...

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