Dinosaur tracks, helicopters, and broken bones

Clark, N. D.L. (2001) Dinosaur tracks, helicopters, and broken bones. Geological Curators' Group Newsletter, 7(5), pp. 163-166.

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In January 1996, a number of dinosaur tracks were discovered on a loose boulder at Rubha nam Brathairean, Isle of Skye. These tracks represent the first dinosaur trackway and the first theropod tracks from Scotland. Due to their position on the foreshore immediately above the high water mark, the time of year they were discovered, and the amount of erosion already suffered by the counterpart, it was decided that the tracks should be removed as soon after discovery as possible. A selection of power and manual tools were used to split the boulder along a bedding plane before breaking the slab into more manageable fragments for transporting to the cliff top. During the removal of the tracks, an incident occurred that may have safety implications for the use of power tools during palaeontological excavations.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Dr Neil
Authors: Clark, N. D.L.
College/School:University Services > Library and Collection Services > Museum and Art Gallery
Journal Name:Geological Curators' Group Newsletter
Publisher:Geological Curators' Group

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