Jurassic-era footprints will be displayed during National Fossil Day at monument

Colorado National Monument will celebrate National Fossil Day on Wednesday with the unveiling of three fossilized footprints.

The fossils will be unveiled at 11 a.m. in the monument’s visitor center and can be seen until 5 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The prints are from the Jurassic period and include a 7-inch, three-toed dinosaur track discovered Sept. 16 and a lizard track that was discovered in the Morrison Formation on Sept. 22. The other fossil is an extremely rare fossilized turtle tracks discovered five years ago.

Paleontologists John Foster and George Callison and geologist William Hood will be at the unveiling. Each has conducted extensive research in the monument and can share information about their discoveries.


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