Tetrapod Trackway

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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.

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

County: Route Length (km):
Nearest town: OS Map: 83
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Parking: Car park Wheelchair friendly?: No
Family/child friendly?: Yes Dog friendly?: Yes
Grid ref. (start): V 38911 77984 Grid ref. (finish): V 38911 77984