Hadrosauridae - Hadrosaur Skin Impression


Skin Impression

Specimen Number: NMMNH P-26111
Location: Hidalgo County, New Mexico
Image By: David Baccadutre

Trace fossils like tracks, tooth impressions and skin impressions have different names than the animals that made them. Unless an animal literally "died in its tracks," paleontologists can't be certain who the impression belongs to. Because of this, the trace fossils receive their own names so that they can be discussed by scientists.