Dinosaur Footprints

By Carl Zimmer | May 14, 2008 7:19 am

dino footprints

Julia writes:

“I got this tattoo done on Saturday. It’s the same set of footprints I use in the avatar for my blog (The Ethical Palaeontologist), but in fact they’re the narrow-gauge sauropod dinosaur trackways from the Ardley quarry in Oxfordshire. There’s no deeper meaning other than the fact that I’ve spent most of my academic career working on sauropod dinosaurs. But there are plans for more, if I could just get hold of a decent black and white illustration of a sauropod dorsal vertebra in dorsal view…”

Carl: Here’s a paper Julia co-wrote on what the trackways reveal about dinosaurs. [Update: Whoops, wrong Julia. Thanks for the correction, Julia…]

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Comments (3)

  1. Julia

    No it isn’t – that was Julia Day! Plain old Julia Heathcote here…

    But not the first time the two of us have been confused for the other.

  2. kashan

    Yahoo for dino footprints. I proudly bear a tyrannosaurus rex foot print on my right hipbone and intend to get a matching one on my left… I’m an amature paleontologist and i just adore everything about them.

  3. Liza

    HI Julia, I love the idea of Dino footprints……I have 3 kids and going to get a tattoo for each that represents them to me…..my son loves dinosaurs but I dont want a big dino tattoo and was thinking about the footprints….what website can i try look up footprints on so i can decide……I also wear a pendant around my neck that has footprints on the sand and reminds me of the “footprints” about a guy who complained to God that when looking back at his life, life footprints in the sand, whenever life got tough there was only one set of footprints and God replies that its cause God was carrying him.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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