Footprint quarry 1 1/2 miles SW of Attleboro, MA (Carboniferous of the United States)

Where: Bristol County, Massachusetts (41.9° N, 71.3° W: paleocoordinates 9.3° S, 11.7° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Pennsylvanian (323.2 - 298.9 Ma)

• footprint specimens are from immediately below the Dighton conglomerate, and are "very high Alleghanian if not higher, but below the coarse conglomerates which cap the Rhode Island Coal Measures in all the synclinal axes of the Narragansett area. The beds are higher than those which at Plainville near Wrentham carry very small footprints..." quoted from J. B. Woodworth in Lull 1920.

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; lithified, micaceous shale

• "dark micaceous shale" with an "undulatory surface and bearing raindrop impressions"

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: mold/impression

Reposited in the MCZ

Collection methods: surface (in situ),

Primary reference: R. S. Lull. 1920. An upper Carboniferous footprint from Attleboro, Massachusetts. American Journal of Science 50:234-236 [J. Alroy/R. Whatley/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 34780: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Robin Whatley on 24.09.2003

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Taxonomic list

  - Rhynchosauroidae
? Dromopus woodworthi n. sp. reptile
footprints, tridactyl, plantigrade manus and pes similar to Dromopus agilis Marsh of the KS Coal Measures