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prop. n.1.(Poleon.) A genus of extinct animals, so named from fossil footprints rudely resembling impressions of the human hand, and believed to have been made by labyrinthodont reptiles. See Illustration in Appendix.
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In 1838, workmen at the old sandstone quarry in Storeton Woods found the footprint of a chirotherium (hand beast), thought to have been left when the little dinosaur was on a stroll 200 million 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.
CHIROTHERIUM tracks can still be seen in stone, above, over the porch of Christ Church, in Higher Bebington.
It described how a little dinosaur called chirotherium left his footprints in various parts of Wirral 200 million years ago.
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.
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's estimated the dinosaur chirotherium was pressing footprints in the soft mud of Storeton 200m years ago.
Footprints, said to be of Chirotherium dinosaurs, have been found.
Footprints of the chirotherium dinosaur were found in Storeton Quarry in 1838, and others on Hilbre Island in 1993.
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.
The print, from a crocodile-type Chirotherium dinosaur, has excited experts after the unlikely find.