Dinosaur tracks in Denali show how generations traveled together in herds

July 10, 2014 5:51 PM

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Dinosaur tracks in Denali show how generations traveled together in herds

Dinosaurs that roamed the land that is now Denali National Park and Preserve traveled in multigenerational herds, suggesting that older animals took care of their young in a way that might have been similar to the how today's adult elephants mind their offspring, according to a new study published in the journal Geology.

The conclusion is based on thousands of fossilized hadrosaur tracks found over the past decade in the Cantwell formation, a fossil-rich geologic structure that bisects Denali. The tracks are of varying sizes, indicating four age groups -- very young animals, fast-growing juveniles, subadults and adu...

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