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Dinosaur Tracks at Government Canyon State Natural Area Take Visitors on a Journey Back in Time in the Texas Hill Country

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Witte Museum curator of Paleontology and Geology, Thomas Adams, Ph.D., explains, “Hundreds of dinosaur tracks represent a time when the San Antonio area was on the shore of the ancient Gulf of Mexico. Discovering that dinosaurs once lived in what is now Bexar County contributes significantly to the area’s natural history.” Superintendent of the natural area, Chris Holm, also noted, “This exciting partnership between Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Witte Museum brings in-depth scientific study and interpretation that will help us protect the tracks and educate generations of visitors about this area and the creatures that roamed here millions of years ago.”

Dinosaur Tracks at Government Canyon State Natural Area Take Visitors on a Journey Back in Time in the Texas Hill Country
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At the Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery of the Witte Museum, they invite you to explore the first permanent dinosaur gallery in the 90-year history of the facility. Together with details on the Government Canyon State Natural Area tracks, the museum is also home to the full skeleton of the meat-eating Acrocanthosaurus whose footprints were one of the two species found there. It helps to illustrate the story of dinosaurs walking and living along the beach at a period when the Gulf of Mexico once covered what is now San Antonio. The Ethan Walsh Deep Ocean Exhibit, also at the Witte, will further explain the ancient seas that once covered great parts of Texas 90 million years ago, including the coastal marshes which were home to giant crocodiles and West Texas studies identifying the a full-size Tyrannosaurus rex that once roamed its river valleys 70 million years ago. It’s really quite the experience and exciting to think how much has changed in the region over that time period. The Witte Museum and Government Canyon State Natural Area invite you to learn more about this as well as their collaboration on the Acrocanthosaurus and Sauroposeidon tracks, and journey back in time in the Texas Hill Country.