During the Early Cretaceous, lakes, meandering streams, and flood plains covered the region where the current foothills of Rioja now exist. Today the area is known for its wine and for the dozens of sites where footprints and trackways of dinosaurs, amphibians, and even pterosaurs can be seen. The dinosaurs that lived here 120 million years ago left their footsteps imprinted in the mud and moist soil. Now fossilized in rock, they have turned Rioja into one of the most valuable dinosaur footprint sites in all of Europe.
Félix Pérez-Lorente and his colleagues have published extensively on the region, mostly in Spanish-language journals. In Dinosaur Footprints and Trackways of Rioja, Pérez-Lorente provides an up-to-date synthesis of that research in English. He offers detailed descriptions of the sites, footprints, and trackways, and explains what these prints and tracks can tell us about the animals who made them.
"Likely to become a landmark reference in dinosaur ichnology. Specialists in the field and workers on the functional morphology of dinosaur locomotion will find a great deal to think about in the work. La Rioja preserves a world-class set of dinosaur tracksites, and making this information available to Anglophone readers performs a great service to the research community."
– James O. Farlow
1. La Rioja Footprints
3. The Tracksites
4. Conservation of the Tracksites
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Félix Pérez-Lorente teaches geology at Universidad de La Rioja, Spain.