Naturwissenschaften

, Volume 90, Issue 12, pp 572–576 | Cite as

Closely associated theropod trackways from the Jurassic of Zimbabwe

  • Theagarten Lingham-Soliar
  • Tim Broderick
  • Ali Ait Kaci Ahmed
Short Communication

Abstract

Eighty-eight tracks of large theropod dinosaurs were found in the mid-Jurassic of Zimbabwe. Among the tracks, at least five adjacent trackways are recorded. The adjacent tracks were probably made by animals traveling as a group, given that they are in relatively close succession; that there are three overlapping tracks (among just 23) suggesting reasonably close associations of the animals; that all the tracks are apparently of the same ichnotaxon; that the preservational types of the tracks are similar; and that the tracks are all of animals traveling in one general direction closely associated in time (there are no returning tracks of the same animals or of those of other species; presence of such tracks would be highly probable if the tracks were made over a period of time of even several hours). Nearby, recently discovered giant sauropod tracks, the first in sub-Saharan Africa, indicate a realistic potential of predator/prey interactions between the two groups of dinosaurs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theagarten Lingham-Soliar
    • 1
  • Tim Broderick
    • 2
  • Ali Ait Kaci Ahmed
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of Durban-WestvilleDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.MakariHarareZimbabwe
  3. 3.Geological Survey of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe

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