Early Reptile Fossil Trackways and Body-drags / Carboniferous / North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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Early Reptile Footprints + Body Drags
Age: 300-310 Million Years Old
Location: Rhode Island Formation, North Attleboro, Massachusetts
These are the Trackways and body-drags of multiple early reptiles from the Carboniferous period. The species is relatively unknown as these occasionally found trackways are the only evidence of their existence. This fossil was collected in April of 2019, and are all raised impressions. There has been no highlighting on the tracks and they are totally natural. This is a very, very rare specimen!
Reptiles arose about 310–320 million years ago during the Carboniferous period. Reptiles, in the traditional sense of the term, are defined as animals that have scales or scutes, lay land-based hard-shelled eggs, and possess ectothermic metabolisms. So defined, the group is paraphyletic, excluding endothermic animals like birds and mammals that are descended from early reptiles. A definition in accordance with phylogenetic nomenclature, which rejects paraphyletic groups, includes birds while excluding mammals and their synapsid ancestors. So defined, Reptilia is identical to Sauropsida.
Though lots of reptiles today are apex predators, many examples of apex reptiles have existed in the past.
Shales and sandstone from the Rhode Island formation from the Pennsylvanian, Carboniferousperiod are exposed. You can find various plantfossils and trace fossils here. Due to partly metamorphosis or the rocks the fossil plants became white, but are still well preserved. On sundays the quarry is not active, and collectors are looking for fossils here.