Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Found in the Cretaceous limestone of the Paluxy River basin in Texas, the Paluxy footprints are tracks—genuine, forged, and imaginary—that a number of creationists have notoriously adduced as evidence for the coexistence of humans and dinosaurs. After a 1908 flood near Glen Rose, Texas, a number of large (15–18″; 38–46 cm) footprints, superficially and vaguely human in appearance and locally believed to be human in origin, were discovered in a limestone shelf (now dated to the lower Cretaceous period, about 113 million years ago) in the Paluxy River. During the Depression, both dinosaurian and “human” footprints were excavated, and sometimes forged, for the tourist trade. It was such forgeries that in 1938 attracted ...