Vertebrate Tracksites of Eastern Canada



Scots Bay

McCoy Brook




Prim Point Red Beds


Horton Bluff





 The first scientific studies of footprints in Canada came from the maritimes in the mid-19th Century.  The principle investigators were among Canada's most well-respected and well-known scientists, then and now, including the likes of William Edmond Logan for whom Canada's highest mountain is still named for, no thanks to the ill-conceived plans of politicians.  Logan made the first footprint discoveries in Carboniferous rocks in the mid-19th century, but did not describe them formally.

Another notable figure in the early history of Canadian vertebrate ichnology is John William Dawson, a well-known geologist who published on Carboniferous footprints up to the early 1880's.

George Frederick Matthew, a customs officer and amateur geologist who made significant contributions to this field in the early 1900's. 

Eastern footprint research had a bit of a hiatus until Charles Mortram Sternberg, (more well-known for his work on vertebrate footprints in western Canada and Alberta's dinosaurs) published on Carboniferous footprints from Nova Scotia in 1933.

A much longer research hiatus ensued which lasted 45 years, until 1978 when David Mossman picked up the ichnological torch starting with Carboniferous tracks.  Mossman was not alone in his study of maritime footprints,  William A.S. Sarjeant, Robert Grantham, A. Guy Plint, Craig H. Place, Peter Stringer and others expanded what was known of the east coast vertebrate ichnology record by making footprint finds in Permian, Triassic and early Jurassic strata.


This site was last updated 05/02/04