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Megapezia footprints, fossil specimen

Megapezia footprints, fossil specimen

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Megapezia footprints. Specimen of fossilised animal footprints preserved in rock. Fossil footprints have their own taxonomy, as it is not usually possibly to definitively link them to a specific animal. These ones are classified as Megapezia, and are thought to have been made by an early amphibian ancestor or tetrapod, such as an edopoid or an eryopoid-type temnospondyl. This specimen was obtained in 1977, from the rocks of the Hardraw Scaur (Yoredale series), Yorkshire, UK. It dates from around 340 million years ago, during the Carboniferous.

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