U-Haul #112: Connecticut
N 41° 45.845 W 072° 40.395
18T E 693412 N 4626199
Quick Description: This U-Haul SuperGraphic highlights Connecticut and the many dinosaur tracks that have been found in the Rocky Hills.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 2/6/2009 12:51:17 PM
Waymark Code: WM5RAK
The text of the sign reads (as copied from the U-Haul web site (visit link
"Embedded in the sandstone of Rocky Hill are thousands of dinosaur tracks over 200 million years old. The majority of these strange tracks were made by a dinosaur unknown to science. What happened to the mysterious giant that left only it's footprints to prove its existence?"
The dinosaur tracks can be seen at the Dinosaur State Park. Here is information from their web site (visit link
"Fossil tracks are classified and named independently from fossil animals. Dinosaur State Park's tracks are named Eubrontes. One of America's first geologists, Edward Hitchcock, invented that name and many others in his pioneering studies of Connecticut Valley tracks. No remains of the dinosaur that made Eubrontes have been found in the Valley. However, most scientists agree that the trackmaker was a carnivorous dinosaur similar in size and shape to Dilophosaurus. The tracks range from 10 to 16 inches in length and are spaced 3.5 to 4.5 feet apart.
Eubrontes is the official Connecticut State Fossil.
Rock slabs bearing other kinds of Connecticut Valley fossil tracks are displayed in the Exhibit Center. Among them are the large four-toed Otozoum tracks with clearly visible skin impressions."
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