Fossil tracks - Dripping Springs Trail

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Fossil tracks - Dripping Springs Trail

Post by cactuscat » Nov 26 2018 2:27 am

Has anybody ever noticed the large, interesting fossil tracks that run diagonally up a boulder along the Dripping Springs trail? I can't remember exactly where, and I can't find a photo in my photosets, but they are there.
My question is, don't they look just like the ones in this article?

Geologist: Prehistoric reptile left tracks at Grand Canyon

https://www.kolotv.com/content/news/UNL ... 77632.html

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Re: Fossil tracks - Dripping Springs Trail

Post by joebartels » Nov 26 2018 9:18 am

Didn't find a photo skimming through the dripping spring photosets. Would be interesting to compare.

A different article weeks ago reported a rock fall, slide or such made this rock visible. Pretty cool for such a busy trail like Bright Angel Trail.
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Post by hikeaz » Nov 26 2018 10:31 am

Similar set on the Hermit about 1/4 mi. down, uphill/east side.
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Post by cactuscat » Nov 26 2018 10:51 am

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Yeah, I have many pictures of those!
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Post by hikeaz » Nov 26 2018 1:23 pm

cactuscat wrote:
Nov 26 2018 10:51 am
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Yeah, I have many pictures of those!
Seems that there are more in that area beyond the obvious..... http://paleoarchive.com/literature/Gilm ... anyonI.pdf
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Re: Fossil tracks - Dripping Springs Trail

Post by cactuscat » Nov 26 2018 6:45 pm

@hikeaz
Thanks, that was an interesting read!
I never realized that the area had been purposely cleared to expose all those fossils and create an "exhibit" - pretty cool.
They also mentioned similar tracks near Dripping Springs, probably the ones I meant.
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Post by hikeaz » Nov 26 2018 7:39 pm

From a later paper...
"Accompanied by Dr. David White and Mr. G. E. Sturdevant, I visited the Dripping Springs locality at the head of Hermit Gorge and, although only a short time was spent there, we observed tracks in great abundance on the sloping ledges immediately to the north and east of the spring, thus fully verifying earlier reports of their occurrence."
They also located many tracks on/near the Hermit, B.A. and Grandview trails....even on the NORTH rim.
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