Vertebrate Tracksites of Western Canada

 

VERTEBRATE TRACK-BEARING FORMATIONS

Paskapoo

Porcupine Hills

Scollard

Wapiti

St. Mary River

Horseshoe Canyon

Belly River

Dinosaur Park

Oldman

Foremost

Milk River

Cardium

Kaskapau

Dunvegan

Goodrich

Boulder Creek

Gates

Gething

Cadomin

Gorman Creek

Nikanassin

Mist Mountain

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WESTERN VERTEBRATE  ICHNOLOGY

 

 

 

   
The first written records of fossil footprint discoveries in western Canada are from the early part of the twentieth century (pre-1930's). These finds came from a variety of formations in both Alberta and British Columbia ranging from the Early Cretaceous to the Late Paleocene. The known fossil track record of western Canada now ranges in age from the Late Jurassic (Tithonian stage) to the Holocene.

Although there are substantial omissions in the Tertiary the ichnological record of vertebrates in western Canada is quite reliable and fills the gaps left by the incomplete skeletal record which is concentrated towards the end of the Upper Cretaceous and into the Tertiary. Almost every terrestrial deposit that has been investigated for footprint finds has yielded positive results. There are many regions in western Canada that have not been looked at for footprints and so the opportunities for future finds are quite good.

The ways in which footprint sites are found are almost as varied as the footprints themselves. Many of the track finds in western Canada were not made by palaeontologists. Just about anyone is capable of finding a new tracksite, including children, adults, coal-miners, loggers, road-workers, hunters, etc.

 

 

This site was last updated 03/27/06