One of world’s oldest fossil trackways

One of the World's oldest fossil trackway

Valentia Island’s Fossil Trackway


Some 385 million years ago, a primitive four-legged creature walked along a mudflat. Its footprints in the wet sand later turned to stone, along with ripple marks left by waves. The resulting trackway, now in sea cliffs on Valentia Island, is among the oldest of its kind, in place, in the world, and it records the evolutionary step of vertebrates leaving water to breathe air on land. The creature probably resembled a salamander, about 1 metre long; the footprints were originally circular, but geological processes distorted them into an oval shape. Carpark & interpretation panels.

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