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Colorado dinosaur tracks in danger of extinction

December 27, 2010

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— Dinosaurs tramped on what was once a beach in Colorado, leaving tracks that have remained remarkably well preserved on a small slope in the mountains southwest of Denver.

The tracks of the three-toed dinosaurs resemble giant chicken prints and have endured the elements for millions of years but are eroding and could soon be gone, according to Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, the nonprofit group that manages the site.

But there’s no easy fix to the problem. The group proposed building a canopy over the tracks to protect them, but it’s an idea that county officials say will diminish the majestic views of Colorado’s Front Range.

“The plan that they came up with includes structures and it just doesn’t work,” said Kathryn Heider, a spokeswoman for Jefferson County, which owns the land where the tracks are located 15 miles from Denver. “It doesn’t mean we don’t want to preserve the footprints. It just means we don’t want structures on the backdrop.”

Rain, snow and freeze-thaw cycles have caused slabs of shale to crack and break off from the slope where the tracks and micro layers are eroding, said Joe Tempel, executive director of Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.

“We project that we have between 10 or 15 years to protect them or they’re going to be gone,” Tempel said.

Discovered in 1937 during road construction, they show about 300 individual tracks from three types of dinosaurs, including an Iguanodon that walked on four feet. The site spans about three or four car lengths and also has tracks that were made by a crocodile. The tracks were made more than 100 million years ago, when the now mountainous area was the coast off an ancient seaway.

Friends of Dinosaur Ridge has archives of photos spanning decades that show tracks that have since disappeared.

Comments

gr 3 years, 7 months ago

Dinosaurs, beaches, Colorado?

Guess there was much more "global warming" than anything like today!

"and have endured the elements for millions of years but are eroding and could soon be gone, " "Rain, snow and freeze-thaw cycles have caused slabs of shale to crack and break off from the slope where the tracks and micro layers are eroding, " “We project that we have between 10 or 15 years to protect them or they’re going to be gone,”

Yet more evidence that at least Colorado was much, much warmer than now. Because surely, after millions of years, the freeze-thaw cycles would have destroyed it long ago but now suddenly, in just a few years they will be gone. How strange. Unless some basis of thought isn't quite right.

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geekin_topekan 3 years, 7 months ago

They were buried for most of that time.

Wait, God created the Earth in seven days a mere 5000 yrs ago.

This is...is... Blasphemy!! Destroy them!!! They erode the church's teaching to the very core! Kill them!!!

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gr 3 years, 7 months ago

How long do you think the tracks were not buried?

I didn't say anything about God or 5,000 years. Interesting that's what you bring up if otherwise unable to explain it. And, interesting your attempt was backwards to them disappearing quickly.

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geekin_topekan 3 years, 7 months ago

The article says that they were discovered in 1937 during road construction. This leads me to believe that this was the first time they had seen daylight for many years because road construction entails a lot of digging, from what I can tell.

This is in direct conflict with a mystical book of invisible deities that so many chose to adhere to, regardless of the fact that A) no one has ever seen this invisible God and B) fossil records clearly show that the book of myths in false.

So that means that A) the book is false or B) this is blasphemy, punishable by being cast into a lake of eternal fire. Being how we are in Kansas...

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gr 3 years, 7 months ago

Instead of confronting it with road construction or whether global warming is happening or not, you immediately bring God into it. Isn't that strange? Especially since my second sentence talked about global warming and I never mentioned God. Do you have God foremost in your mind?

You say God doesn't exist. What if He did, what is it about Him do you not like? What is it that you felt inclined to inject your dislike of Him here?

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Fossick 3 years, 7 months ago

The paranoid atheist is always afraid God is going to sneak up on them and thrown then into hell. By keeping God out in front all the time, they can keep an eye on He Who Doesn't Exist.

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geekin_topekan 3 years, 7 months ago

Jeezus GR can you take a joke or even recognize one?

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Kirk Larson 3 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, and you notice there are no human footprints at the site. That's 'cause Jesus and Noah were riding the dinosaurs!

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gr 3 years, 7 months ago

geekin, you speak about God and Jesus a lot. You even include them in your jokes. Or, at least attempt to turn it into one. Still, I wonder why you thought to make a God joke to my comment.

What if God did exist? What is it about Him do you not like? What is it that you felt inclined to inject your dislike of Him here?

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Kirk Larson 3 years, 7 months ago

I think you're the one who doth protest too much here. After your little snooty climate change remarks, the young earth creationist route was a natural for g_t to take. What's your problem with god? Doing stuff you know he won't like, hmm?

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ranger73 3 years, 7 months ago

Bury them again and let someone else find them a couple of hundred years from now. Maybe by then it will be a beach again, what with all this global warming and such.

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