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Australia's own 'Jurassic Park' discovered

By T.K. Randall
March 27, 2017 · Comment icon 10 comments



Stegosaurus tracks were among those found at the site. Image Credit: Charles R. Knight
Scientists have identified a site containing thousands of footprints from 21 different dinosaur species.
The monumental fossil haul was found along a 25km stretch of shoreline in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and has been described as "globally unparalleled" by researchers.

The footprints are thought to date back to between 127 and 140 million years.
"This is the most diverse dinosaur track fauna we've ever recorded," said Dr Steve Salisbury. "In this time slice in Australia, we've got no other record - there's virtually no other fossils from any part of the continent. This is only window, and what we see is truly amazing."

Among the tracks found at the site are those of six types of meat-eating dinosaurs, six types of large sauropods, four ornithopods and six types of armoured dinosaurs including stegosaurus.

One of the prints, which measures almost 1.75m across, could actually be the largest ever found.



Source: BBC News | Comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 6 years ago
I suspect it was the Equal Rights for all Sauropods March Annual March ...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sameerr 6 years ago
Now that's what I'm talking about.. I read that news before. It is mentioned as " A team of scientists have found some of the world's largest dinosaur footprints in Australia, measuring nearly 5 feet 9 inches."
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
It's a bit surprising that this was just discovered.  Since Australia was supposed to be part of Antarctica, makes you wonder whether the Dinos went along for the ride and just how hot was the Earth before the ice age?
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye 6 years ago
Personally, I believe the Earth was shaking and a moving to more than just the Tectonic wobbles ... ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by Silent Trinity 6 years ago
Great discovery. Certainly is tantalizing to think what creature they may discover possessed those feet!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Grandpa Greenman 6 years ago
Awesome, what a great find.   Thanks for posting, Claire.  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Grandpa Greenman 6 years ago
Maybe, they will get lucky and find some dino poop with all those tracks.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by newbloodmoon 6 years ago
Very cool indeed.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Claire. 6 years ago
What blows my mind is the size of some of those tracks. The sauropod that made the tracks shown in the photo below, for example,would have been around 5.4 meters (17 feet 9 inches) high at the hips. It that thing was walking around today, it would be like crunch, crunch, crunch all over the place. Source: CNN
Comment icon #10 Posted by newbloodmoon 6 years ago
Crikey!  As they would say.


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