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HRS 759 Permo-trias, Chirotherium cast

HRS 759 Fossils, Chirotherium cast at Rossendale Museum
Chirotherium, also known as Cheirotherium ('hand-beast'), is the name of a Triassic archosaur known only from fossil imprints of its tracks (trace fossils). These look, by coincidence, remarkably like the hands of apes, humans, and bears, with the outermost toe having evolved to extend out to the side like a thumb, although probably only functioning to provide a firmer grip in mud. Its tracks were first found in 1834 in red sandstone in Thuringia, Germany, dating from about 243 million years ago (mya)." For further information SEE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chirotherium
Chirotherium footprints have also been found in the Permo-triassic rocks of the Wirral and Cheshire.
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Keywords:archosaur, chirotherium, dinosaurs, footprints, fossils, geology, museums, permotrias, rawtenstall, rossendale

HRS 759 Permo-trias, Chirotherium cast