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Diatryma paper is published

By Dave Tucker November 15, 2012

The giant bird foot track as originally found in the Racehorse Creek landslide. Click to enlarge.

A journal paper about the giant Chuckanut bird tracks attributed to Diatryma giganteus has been published. The authors are George Mustoe, Dave Tucker and Keith Kemplin (George and Keith are the codiscoverers of the tracks). The paper is published in the journal Palaeontology. This enlightened journal allows dissemination of papers via the internet, rather than requiring purchase. So, I am pleased to attach the pdf in this post. It will also be attached to the main page about the giant foot prints. It describes the fossil tracks, why we believe they were made by the giant flightless bird Diatryma, what the tracks tell us about the lifestyle of the big bird, and why we assigned the name Rivavipes giganteus to the tracks. The paper should be readable to about everyone, as specialized terminology is kept to a minimum other than references to the anatomical parts. Click this link to open the research paper pdf file:      Giant Eocene Bird Footprints paper, Palaeontology

Diatryma painting time lapse video

Diatryma track discoverers George Mustoe (left) and Keith Kemplin at the display in WWU's ES building. Click to enlarge.

Marlin Peterson has made a new portrait of the 7-foot-tall flightless Eocene bird Diatryma. He donated a print to go along with the fossilized footprint we have on display at the WWU geology department. To see a youtube time lapse of Marlin making the painting, click here. It is pretty entertaining. Marlin’s painting reflects the new interpretation of the giant bird’s life style based on the foot prints found in the Chuckanut foothills a couple years ago.

Find links here to stories on this webpage about the discovery, rescue and display of this fascinating fossil footprint.

Diatryma skeleton and foot bones at Museum of Natural History, New York.

Diatryma track now on public display at WWU

The track of the extinct giant flightless bird Diatryma is now on public display at Western Washington University. The track can be found just inside the main entrance to the Environmental Studies Building. Read about the exhibit here on Northwest Geology Field Trips.

Diatryma track discoverers George Mustoe (left) and Keith Kemplin at the new display in WWU's ES building. Click to enlarge.