It's estimated the dinosaur chirotherium
was pressing footprints in the soft mud of Storeton 200m years ago.
The Aglegal Member has also yielded unambiguous examples of the pseudosuchian ichnotaxon Chirotherium
barthii, which is restricted to Middle Triassic strata elsewhere (Klein et al.
Cervello area (Barcelona Province), Catalonian basin: The ichnospecies Chirotherium catalaunicum was described by Casanovas-Cladellas et al.
Tetrapod ichnofaunas recovered in the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula (specially in the Montseny Area) occur in continental settings (such as fluvial deposits), presenting a predominance of the "lacertoid" Rhynchosauroides, over other ichnogenera such as the crurotarsal Chirotherium, Isochirotherium, Rotodactylus, Procolophonichnium, and Synaptichnium, the two last ones being the less common.
The Wirral prints, which cover a 30-foot slab, caught a snapshot of the day, many, many millennia ago, when a chirotherium
- thought to have resembled a short-snouted longlegged crocodile - ambled by.
It included what would become a hallmark of his contributions: he demonstrated that two specimens held by two different institutions and said to be from different states (Pennsylvania and New Jersey) were, in fact, part and partial counterpart of the same specimen, the type of the ichnospecies Chirotherium
lulli, most likely made by pseudosuchian reptiles and collected from Milford, New Jersey.
tracks can still be seen in stone, above, over the porch of Christ Church, in Higher Bebington.
Footprints of the chirotherium
dinosaur were found in Storeton Quarry in 1838, and others on Hilbre Island in 1993.
Footprints, said to be of Chirotherium
dinosaurs, have been found.
The print, from a crocodile-type Chirotherium
dinosaur, has excited experts after the unlikely find.
In fact, his life could have been lived without any great highs, or any great lows, had it not been for the vulgar and aggressive Chirotherium
who liked to eat him, when not leaving his footprints in the sand for the palaeontologists of the future.
Instantly recognisable to experts as the footprint of a Chirotherium
dinosaur, it is the first time a "new" print has been discovered in the Warrington area for almost a century.