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Fossil Cheirotherium

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The cheirotherium ("hand beast") prints are most distinct at the far left of this fossil, which also exhibits mud cracks. The first known cheirotherium prints were found in Germany in 1834, just a year before the scientific discovery of fossil footprints in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts. 

Courtesy of:
Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College, photograph by Penny Leveritt