"New" is kind of a misnomer
for a bunch of rocks holding fossilized dinosaur footprints.
But this one is newly discovered, and will be new to the public when
it opens, probably in October.
KSL TV has this report
discovery, and about the work to prepare the walkway for its public
debut. The video at right is from KSL, and we offer excerpts below.
area dinosaur tracks
were in the
news earlier this year when someone stole a footprint from a
well-known trackway. That person has since been arrested but the
track was never recovered (because it was dumped into the Colorado
River and divers couldn't find it). It will be interesting to see how
this new site is presented and protected.
Here are the excerpts:
The tracks were first discovered by a
Moab resident in 2009 but the location of the discovery-site has been
kept secret. Scientists from the University of Colorado and the
Bureau of Land Management studied the site north of Moab and
excavations began last year.
tracks that we're aware of so far that we've uncovered,” volunteer
Lee Shenton said. “And at least one case where there's 17
consecutive prints from the same animal.
“I think it's
going to be something really important. It has at least a dozen
What Mathis finds
fascinating about track sites is they “record behavior of dinosaurs
in ways that the bones or body fossils cannot."
The BLM is raising
funds to build a trail to the dinosaur tracks. The agency hopes to
have the site open to the public by October.