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Could stegosaurs swim? Suggestive evidence from the Middle Jurassic tracksite of the Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire, UK

M. Romano and M. A. Whyte
Could stegosaurs swim? Suggestive evidence from the Middle Jurassic tracksite of the Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire, UK
Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society (May 2015) 60 (3): 227-233

Abstract

Ichnological evidence from the Ravenscar Group (Middle Jurassic) of Yorkshire reveals a distinctive type of swimming track associated with walking tracks of the ichnogenus Deltapodus. The morphology of the prints suggests that both track types were made by the same type of animal. Since Deltapodus is interpreted as having been made by a stegosaur, the associated footprints suggest that stegosaurs could swim. This has significant implications for their palaeobiology and dispersal. The swimming prints are assigned to the ichnotaxon Characichnos isp.


ISSN: 0044-0604
EISSN: 2041-4811
Coden: PYGSAB
Serial Title: Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
Serial Volume: 60
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Could stegosaurs swim? Suggestive evidence from the Middle Jurassic tracksite of the Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire, UK
Affiliation: University of Sheffield, Department of Geography, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Pages: 227-233
Published: 201505
Text Language: English
Publisher: Yorkshire Geological Society, Leeds, United Kingdom
References: 28
Accession Number: 2015-081978
Categories: Vertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. strat. col., geol. sketch map
N54°28'60" - N54°28'60", W00°37'00" - W00°37'00"
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201535
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