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Tracking Dinosaur Tracks, or What we did on Saturday Below the cut, to save my f-list.

The weather forecast wasn’t brilliant, but we finally got round to doing something that I’ve been muttering about for ages, and Mr FB and I set off with the dogs for South Wales, in search of dinosaur footprints. To see what we were looking for, check out this And if you do decide to visit, don’t try getting there using a print from Google maps, it’s wholly misleading as to road layout on the main dual carriageway leading from the M4 past Cardiff. take an old fashioned road atlas, it would be easier.

We parked by the main gates to HMS Cambria and took the path around the side of the naval station and down onto the shore. It’s a beautiful stretch of coast and it was deserted in all the time we were there. Check the tide times before going, by the way.

We used Mr FB’s GPS to get us to what we hoped was the right stretch of rocks, then we compared the photos on the geological site with the shape of the rocks and almost immediately found what we were looking for. I got really excited. OK, if I hadn’t got the print out I wouldn’t have known what we were looking at, and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to identify the exact spot without the aid of the photos, but on our way back, we did thin we’d found the set higher up the cliff that the article mentioned, and we photographed them as well.

It was a great day out, and the dogs thoroughly enjoyed the walk as well!

General view of the trackway

Single footprint. Note the toes on the right hand side

Same print, my hand for scale


Shows the paired prints, still wet, even at low tide


Close up from the trackway higher up the cliff


Crisp enjoying the seaside!

 

Date: 2008-05-18 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lukadreaming.livejournal.com
Oh wow! I know what I shall be doing one Saturday *g*. Thanks for posting these. And Crisp is a handsome chap!

Date: 2008-05-18 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
I'll equip you with the details at the end of May!

Date: 2008-05-18 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lukadreaming.livejournal.com
Brilliant -- thank you :o)

Date: 2008-05-18 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigtitch.livejournal.com
Woah - that's awesome!
I get shivers driving down a Roman road, but in the footsteps of dinosaurs? That's going some!

Date: 2008-05-18 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
I spent the whole time squeeing like a little kid!!

Date: 2008-05-18 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rospberry.livejournal.com
Fantastic. Now that's a cool way to spend Saturday. And Crisp is a cutie!

Date: 2008-05-18 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
He is, and he knows it! Shame I didn't have a good photo of Bonnie, our terrier mongrel. She's a darling too, but she was keeping out of the water :)

Date: 2008-05-18 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rospberry.livejournal.com
See, now you have to post a pic of Bonnie. It's not fair to her otherwise!

Date: 2008-05-18 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com
Oh, wow. To quote Connor, that is supercool!

Wish I lived even vaguely close, or could drive. I'd have to go look.

Did you hear on the news about the cliffs collapsing down on the south coast in Dorset? The fossil hunters descended before the cliff was even stable.

Date: 2008-05-18 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
I've promised myself a trip down there soon as well. We could try and organise a Primeval fan's dino track outing!!

Date: 2008-05-19 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com
friend of mine has just got back from holiday and he went to visit Cheddar Gorge and Wooky Hole, and he says there's a 'valley of the dinosuars' thing there with vaguely accurate fibre-glass dinosaura and prehistoric beasties. And I thought, 'that would be so cool to go to with the mad Primeval crowd, and it's not far from Fred'.

Date: 2008-05-19 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
That would be fun!

Date: 2008-05-18 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] byrons-brain.livejournal.com
That sounds like great fun... love the pictures....

Date: 2008-05-18 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
Thanks. It was an awesome few hours fun. It's a lovely stretch of coast.

Date: 2008-05-18 01:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fififolle
Wow. Dino footprints, fantastic.
Crisp is a lovely looking creature, too!

Date: 2008-05-18 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
I was well chuffed that we found them!

Date: 2008-05-18 07:46 pm (UTC)
fififolle: (UK - Tansy at the river)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
Yes, I imagine small indentations in some rock along a coastline are not entirely easy to spot. No hope without that brochure!

Date: 2008-05-18 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
Well after 15 years studying cave art, I'm used to looking for a needle in a haystack on rock, but kowing nothing about dino footprints, no, we wouldn't have stood a chance without the original blurb.

Date: 2008-05-18 08:05 pm (UTC)
fififolle: (lgm)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
Really? Wow. Cool.

Date: 2008-05-18 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] master-kogane.livejournal.com
That looks like a fun trip! Even though Google Map abandoned you ;)

Date: 2008-05-18 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
Google maps seemed to purposely try and get us lost!!

Date: 2008-05-18 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
Puppy!!!!!!
Very cool, though.

Date: 2008-05-18 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
he's actually nearly two years old now, but he still thinks he's a puppy!

Date: 2008-05-21 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
hee! Sam is like that, too, and I think he's 3 or 4 by now.

Date: 2008-05-18 03:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] telperion-15.livejournal.com
Proper prehistoric stuff not in a museum! Way cool!

And that doggy is adorable! :-D

Date: 2008-05-18 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
It's something I;ve been meaning to do for ages, and it certainly didn't disappoint.

The dear doggie is curled up next to me right now.

Date: 2008-05-18 04:46 pm (UTC)
ext_27141: (Cadair Idris)
From: [identity profile] telperion-15.livejournal.com
Wish I had something warm and snuggly curled up next to me right now!

Date: 2008-05-18 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
LOL, I'd like Ryan, but we can't take him off bigtitch 'co it's her birthday and she's our friend! How noble are we, lol.

Date: 2008-05-18 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iolsai.livejournal.com
Hee! Oh nice!

Google maps = evil

Date: 2008-05-18 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
Yep, it is designed to abandon you in the middle of nowhere and yesterday seemed determined to dump us in a rift in the middle of Cardiff.

Date: 2008-05-18 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rodlox.livejournal.com
>Shows the paired prints, still wet, even at low tide
"still wet"? you didn't see anything out there, did you? say, a cynodont or a eoraptor, perchance?
(or a Ryan lost in time)

Date: 2008-05-18 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
LOL, I should be so lucky! Nope, no lost Ryans, but the footprits were still pretty cool.

Date: 2008-05-18 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
Wow, that's very cool :D

I'd love to see dino footprints. The in-laws have got trilobites outside their garage, which is also pretty cool (although somewhat smaller than dinosaurs!)

Date: 2008-05-19 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
I'd be pleased with trilobites too!!

Date: 2008-05-18 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reggietate.livejournal.com
Bloody amazing! But what total twats pried some of them up and sold them on eBay? Jesus H. Christ!

Date: 2008-05-19 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
My views exactly. I also think one ended up in a Museum somewhere in Europe and the bastards refused to return it even though it had been obtained illegally.

Date: 2008-05-19 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reggietate.livejournal.com
Un-fucking-believable....

Date: 2008-05-19 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
The same thing happened in Scotland, and that didn't get returned either. There's a fascinating book by a guy called John Long about the theft of some fossil foorprints from a site in Australia, which discusses the shady end of the fossil trade. Dreadful, but interesting, in a train wreck kinda way.

Date: 2008-05-18 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leda_speaks.livejournal.com
Wow, that is so amazing! Actual dinosaur footprints!

Date: 2008-05-19 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
I felt like a great big kid and enjoyed myself hugely and kept squeeing!!

Date: 2008-05-19 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordeliadelayne.livejournal.com
Ooh, that sounds like it was fun *g*

Date: 2008-05-19 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
It was huge fun :)

Date: 2008-05-19 09:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msb66.livejournal.com
So exciting! We saw jousting on Saturday - historic but not quite in the same league...

*pets puppy*

Date: 2008-05-19 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
But I bet it was still fun!

Date: 2008-05-19 11:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wanted-a-pony.livejournal.com
*sigh* Now, see, you have dinosaur footprints in rock & Primeval on TV & Roman roads. We (in Florida, where I live) have the world's largest sandbox, the House of Mouse & roads that wash away in a hurricane. Hmmph.

And Google maps seem just as eager to lead one astray here as there....

Date: 2008-05-19 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
But you have manatees and we haven't !!!

Date: 2008-05-19 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] entangled-now.livejournal.com
That is pretty amazing, because I would totally walk past them without thinking anything of it unless I knew what I was looking for. That is a great way to spend a Saturday.

Date: 2008-05-19 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredbassett.livejournal.com
I would have just taken them for erosion pools in the rock, if we hadn't had the blurb from the geologists website with us. It was a great day out :)

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