Dinosaur Footprint Investigation
Information from dinosaur footprints: Figure out the area of a footprint and how the size/weight of the dinosaur that made it that depth.

In this activity you should try to scientifically analyze a set of footprints (we’ll pretend a  dinosaur made them since we don’t have a live one at the moment).  Record the information you generate from your trials in the table below.

Walking slowly flat-footed:

Length of print:  Width of print:  Depth of print:

Volume of print:  Weight of “dino”:  Weight/Volume:
 

Walking quickly flat-footed:

Length of print:  Width of print:  Depth of print:

Volume of print:  Weight of “dino”:  Weight/Volume:
 

Walking slowly on your toes:

Length of print:  Width of print:  Depth of print:

Volume of print:  Weight of “dino”:  Weight/Volume:
 

Walking quickly on your toes:

Length of print:  Width of print:  Depth of print:

Volume of print:  Weight of “dino”:  Weight/Volume:
 

Running in a zig-zag pattern:

Length of print:  Width of print:  Depth of print:

Volume of print:  Weight of “dino”:  Weight/Volume:
 

Now you must figure out the weight (and, hence, approximate size) of an unknown dinosaur from only its footprints.

Unknown dino-print:

Length of print:  Width of print:  Depth of print:

Volume of print:  Weight of “dino”:
 

Conclusions:

Judging from the measurements of the footprint, what do you think the “dinosaur” was doing at the time the footprints were made?  Justify your answer.
 
 
 

Why might a dinosaur be running in a zig-zagging pattern?
 
 
 


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