Discovering a dinosaur footprint on “Ammonite Ridge”

Posted by Patrice Rhoades-Baum


Turns out, a sandstone ridge near our house is highly foGroup & Jake exploring--200 pixelsssiliferous.

In fact, we’ve dubbed it “Ammonite Ridge,” thanks to the abundant fossils of these ancient ancestors of the nautilus.

Mike and I enjoy exploring the ridge, looking for new discoveries. Recently, we scrambled to the top with some friends.

And look what we found!

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Fossils of ammonites, which are extinct marine mollusc animals (most of the fossils we found are 6-8 inches in diameter, some are considerably larger)




Clamshell w-hand for scale--200 pixels


Fragments of ancient clamshells






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Petrified wood embedded in the sandstone (Melody has her hand on a branch)





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An actual dinosaur footprint, which had already been discovered and has been identified as an Ankylosaurus track



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Here is a closer look of the Ankylosaurus track. No, it doesn’t look like a footprint – this is one of those times when you scratch your head and say, “How do paleontologists know?” It’s pretty amazing that scientists can figure out this stuff.  :>

All photos by Patrice Rhoades-Baum



If you enjoy geology and paleontology, click HERE to read “A Survey of Fossils and Geology of Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado” by Sharon Milito.



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