GARY GAULIN'S DINOSAUR TRACKSITE

TRACKSITE CROSS SECTION
LOCATION: Gary Gaulin's Dinosaur Tracksite, Holyoke, Massachusetts
DATE OF VISIT: August 2000

This photo shows a nice cross section of Gary Gaulin's dinosaur tracksite. The depth of the rock shown in the photo is only about six or seven feet, with at least three distinct track-bearing layers shown. But, Gaulin hypothesizes that the track layers likely extend more than a mile into the surface, and that hundreds of footprint layers are present. These layers were all laid down during the early Jurassic, when large mudflats covered much of the New England area. These mudflats were the homes to various species of dinosaur, phytosaurs, amphibians, and other reptiles. Many distinct fossil footprints have been found in the area in which these mudflats covered, including Grallator and Anchisauripus, the two major tracks represented at the Gaulin site.


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