Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

A probable stegosaurian track from the Late Jurassic of Poland

Gerard Gierliński and Karol Sabath

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 47 (3), 2002: 561-564

Elusive tracks of stegosaurs have been long searched for by ichnologists, and various purported stegosaur imprints have recently been reported. A fragmentary trackway of a large, quadrupedal ornithischian dinosaur was found on an isolated slab of Oxfordian dolomite, on the northeastern slope of Holy Cross Mountains, Poland. The track is similar to large, blunt-toed Late Jurassic ichnites from North America. The footprints show a distinctive morphology, which fits the stegosaurian foot. The newly described ichnites from the Upper Jurassic of Poland provide the second ichnological evidence of the Late Jurassic dinosaurs in this country; numerous rich dinosaur footprint assemblages were previously known only from the Lower Jurassic outcrops.

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