Age: Approximately 150-122 Million Years Old (Late Jurassic/Early Cretaceous)
Location: Near Tain, Scotland
Species: Unknown Theropod, though likely made by a Raptor resembling the American Coelophysis
*Comes with documentation of authenticity*
This raised Fossil impression of a Theropod Dinosaur Track was found in the Summer of 2017 while fossil hunting throughout the United Kingdom. This track was found near Tain, Scotland in which the area is rich in Jurassic-Aged fossils, and a few Cretaceous outcrops. Tain is a relative unknown and under appreciated fossil locality with an abundance of trace fossils and occasional Ammonites and Marine Invertebrates right along the shores. I stumbled upon this while searching for Ammonites and Fossil Bivalves. This is one the concave impressions that had broken out of the Trackway at some point. Hammering into the cliff side where these trace fossils are found is not recommended as it is very dangerous and can damage existing track, and so they are beat collected when they erode off the outcrops, naturally.
After backpacking Scotland a bit, I eventually made my way to Bristol, England and met with a friend who is a Paleontologist for the Bristol Natural History Museum. After studying the tracks, he indicated that they were very similar to the US Dinosaur tracks known as Grallators, which is another footprint belonging to an unknown group of Theropods. He also said tracks of the quality I collected are quite rare for the area. Of the five I collected in Tain, this is the only one up for sale. One was given to Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery in Glasgow, one to the Huntarian Museum of Natural History at The University of Glasgow, one at the Edinburgh Museum, and only two are left: This one, and the other in my personal collection.
A clear varnish has been added but can be washed off.