A new dinosaur footprint locality from the Dakota Sandstone (Upper Cretaceous: Cenomanian) in west-central New Mexico

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Andrew B. Heckert Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geology (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: We assign two incomplete dinosaur tracks from the Dakota Sandstone in Socorro County, west-central New Mexico to the ichnogenus Caririchnium sp., widely believed to represent the tracks of an iguanodontid ornithopod dinosaur. This is the first record of Cretaceous dinosaur tracks from west of the Rio Grande rift in New Mexico. Previous work suggests that the Dakota Sandstone in west-central New Mexico is of middle Cenomanian age, which makes these tracks younger than those of the so-called "dinosaur freeway" in the Dakota Group of northeastern New Mexico and eastern Colorado.

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Publication
Heckert, A.B., and Lucas, S.G, (1998) A new dinosaur footprint locality from the Dakota Sandstone (Upper Cretaceous: Cenomanian) in west-central New Mexico. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 14, p. 169-171. (ISSN 1524-4156) Archived in NC DOCKS with permission of the editor. The version of record is available at: http://econtent.unm.edu/
Language: English
Date: 1998