Tetrapod 385 million year old Fossilised Footprints, Valentia Island, Kerry

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  • Created: May 1, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Kerry
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The Valentia Island Tetrapod fossilised footprints are the oldest record of vertebrate life on land and the amazing beginning of the human evolutionary story.  About 385 million years ago, a primitive amphibian like animal known as a Tetrapod left its footprints on the muddy shoreline when Valentia Island was a swamp land near the equator. It was a very different place to the one we know today and still a very long time before the first dinosaur appeared.  The tracks record when vertebrates first moved onto land, started breathing air and walking on four limbs.

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The tracks are only a short but slightly steep walk from the car park so it may not be suitable for wheelchair access.

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1. Tetrapod 385 million year old Fossilised Footprints, Valentia Island, Kerry

Altitude: 8 m