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Chewore Dinosaur Footprints

Grid Ref (WGS84 Lat/Long in decimal degrees)

-16.174656, 29.999653
-16.175247, 29.985690
-16.174360, 29.983850
Location: 
Map: Mhangura 1:250,000 Sheet SE-36-1 Along the Ntumbe River, 10.5km SW of Mkanga bridge
Stratigraphy: 
Sedimentary sequence: Late Triassic to middle Cretaceous
Description: 

There are 14 footprints of a large bipedal dinosaur in the dry bed of the Ntumbe (locally Mufuraninga) River in the Chewore Safari Area (Tim Broderick, 1985). A small trackway is 218cm long and consists of ten footprints set close to the midline. The average pace length is 24.6cm and average stride length 45.8cm. Height at hip is calculated at 22.5cm. The speed of the dinosaur was calculated at walking pace of ~1.98km/hour. A second theropod trackway (203cm long), the tracks are 7cm long and pace and stride lengths 39cm and 80cm, respectively. Height at the hip of the dinosaur is calculated at 31.5cm. It was travelling at a trotting gait estimated at 13.88km/hour.

Permission: 
National Parks & Hunting Concession Hiolder
Further Reading: 
Theagarten Lingham-Soliar and Tim Broderick (2000). An Enigmatic Early Mesozoic Dinosaur Trackway From Zimbabwe
Contributed: 
15/11/2005
Updated: 
15/11/2005

din1-1.jpg

Photo Credit: 
Gayle Hanssen

din1-2.jpg

Photo Credit: 
Gayle Hanssen

din1-3.jpg

Photo Credit: 
Gayle Hanssen

Ali Explaining.JPG

Photo Credit: 
Andrew du Toit
Photo Description: 
Ali explaining the footprints to the Geological Society trip in May 15

Clearing Prints.JPG

Photo Credit: 
Andrew du Toit
Photo Description: 
Clearing a trackway on May15 trip

Lepidote Skin.jpg

Photo Credit: 
Ali Ait-Kaci
Photo Description: 
Lepidote Skin

Girls in Prints.JPG

Photo Credit: 
Andrew du Toit
Photo Description: 
Geologist's daughters (Yara Hanssen & Suzy du Toit) in large sauropod print