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Giant Eocene bird footprint rescued!


The slab bearing the Diatryma and other bird tracks measures 28 x 26 cm. Click to enlarge any image.

The fossilized footprint of Diatryma, a giant flightless bird, has been found in the Eocene Chuckanut Formation in Whatcom County, northwest Washington State. Read the full story and see photos at Northwest Geology Field trips here.

No, this isn’t a field trip. But, you can make your own jaunt to see this remarkable, one-of-a-kind-in-the-world fossil when it goes on display at Western Washington University later this year.

This skeleton is in Helsinki, but came from Wyoming [reproduction?]

This skeleton is in Helsinki, but came from Wyoming

4 Responses

  1. Good, solid post, Dave. Dean’s story in the Herald looks good too. That was a lot of work!

  2. It looks like it could have eaten turtles and crabs. A beak like that also could have eaten nuts and fruits or crushed bones, but I would bet on the small hard shelled sea creatures given the habitat it was found in. What is the opinion of the experts.

    • Adena,
      Those are interesting ideas. Fresh water mussels and a single turtle shell have been found in the Chuckanut, the only animal remains other than tracks.

  3. Thanks Dave and to all your associates on the hard work and job well done!

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