Valentia's Place in Evolution

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The Tetrapod imprints are thought to date from Devonian times – somewhere between 350 and 370 million years ago. This site is of international significance as it represents the transition of life from water to land – a momentous turning point in evolution and provides the oldest reliably dated evidence of four legged vertebrates (amphibians) moving over land. The Valentia Island Tetrapod footprints are the most extensive of the four Devonian trackways in the world. (The others are in Tarbet Ness, Scotland; Genoa River, NSW Australia; Glen Isla, Victoria Australia). Access to the track way is by a pathway down to the rocks.

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The Changing Moods of Valentia Island – Five Suitcases · August 18, 2016 at 7:23 pm

[…] village of Portmagee. I’ve been on this island before, seeking out the touristy-but-fun Tetrapod Trackway, a set of fossilized footprints rumored to be the first steps of sea life coming onto land — […]

Valentia Island | Keith Woodard Fine Art Photography · October 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

[…] “The Valentia Island Tetrapod footprints are the most extensive of the four Devonian trackways in the world. (The others are in Tarbet Ness, Scotland; Genoa River, NSW Australia; Glen Isla, Victoria Australia). Access to the track way is by a pathway down to the rocks.” Valentia Island.ie […]

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