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Theropod tracks
Dinosaur's tracks can be used to find out some things on the dinosaurs behaviour.
With footprints you can see a bit of the dinosaurs life style like if it is sitting down, walking, swimming or running.
You can find out how big the dinosaur was by the depth of the footprints.
Also you may be able to find out what family it comes from, for example Sauropods they are the dinosaurs that walk on 4 legs mostly larger then other dinosaurs. Theropods are bird-like, they walk mainly on 2 legs and eat meat. Hadrosaurs are also bird-like, walk mainly on 2 legs but they eat plants.

Two legged Dinosaur

Walking and Running tracks
Walking Tracks with short distances between footprints indicate dinosaurs at slow speeds.
Running Tracks with longer distances between footprints indicate dinosaurs at faster speeds.

Swimming tracks

Swimming Incomplete footprints suggest that the dinosaurs swam.
Sitting down imprint

Sitting down The dinosaurs in this position may have been resting, having a sleep or rolling in the mud to rid itself of parasites. This is a good example of their behaviour.

4 Legged Dinosaur


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Walking Tracks with short distances between footprints indicate dinosaurs at slow speeds. Slow walking 4 legged dinosaurs, such as Sauropods would leave a pattern of tracks as shown above.