Dinosaur Tracks Near Chetwynd
Early in the summer of 2004 the P.R.P.R.C. was contacted about a track find made by Dawson Creek resident Pete Shaw near the town of Chetwynd. Mr. Shaw took the P.R.P.R.C. palaeontologists to the track locality and the specimen they were shown was quite impressive. There were two trackways of large quadrupedal dinosaurs called ankylosaurs, but there was also a partial trackway of a small theropod as well. The track specimen had been recently eroded from its original position and was composed of very friable sediments (mud and siltstone) which was beginning to weather at an alarming rate. The rock was too large and fragile and in too awkward a position to recover so it was decided that a latex mould should be made onsite from which an exact replica cast of the entire tracksurface could be produced to preserve something of this remarkable find.
A portion of the tracksurface showing the trackway of an ankylosaur (10cm scale)
P.R.P.R.C. palaeontologist transferring liquid latex from a drum to a more portable pail.
The entire track surface is covered with several layers of liquid latex. Once cured the latex will form a mould which will be used to make the replica casts.
The latex mould is covered with a plaster mixture to make the Master Cast.
The completed Master Cast of the Chetwynd track slab.