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 Post subject: Dinosaur tracks found outside Las Vegas, NV
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:44 am 
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I heard on the news today dinosaur tracks were found just 10 minutes from where I live on the west side of the Las Vegas valley. Being so close to home I was interested enough to post it here!

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About twenty minutes outside of Las Vegas, within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, lie the tracks of a relatively small theropod dinosaur in the red, roughly 190-million-year-old Early Jurassic rock. Our knowledge of dinosaurs in North America from this time is relatively sparse. Very few skeletons have been found from this period, and much of what we know about the dinosaurs of the Early Jurassic Southwest comes from tracksites. For the moment, these three claw-tipped toe impressions indicate that the Red Rock Canyon dinosaur was a small theropod. Details of the dinosaur’s behavior, such as how fast it might have been walking, have not yet been studied.

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/dinosau ... las-vegas/

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That is extremely interesting!
I wonder if that would extend the boundaries of the Morrison formation.....


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I wonder. I thought the Morrison formation was more recent than whatever was found here. I don't know. I am fascinated with Geology, but no expert. I'd educate myself, but would likely have no time for anything else I need to do. :shock:

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I will be in the area in a few weeks. I am wondering if it is possible to check this site out? If not, I heard that they would be making casts of the prints. Does anyone know where the casts of the prints are on display? I am extremely interested in seeing where dinosaurs walked ages ago.


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The location is still under wraps, but I know it's about a two hour hike/climb off the trail from one of the parking areas on the scenic route that goes around the park. Last I heard, info and replicas of the tracks can be viewed at the Red Rock visitor center, at the entrance to the park.

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Not much to see. The st. george site is worth the drive if you are in the area. http://www.dinosite.org/


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