Australian researchers have discovered what they call the world’s largest dinosaur footprint.
The 1.7-metre sauropod track was recorded by University of Queensland paleontologist Steve Salisbury and his team. They have spent five years recording thousands of dinosaur footprints in Walmadany.
“It’s such a magical place — Australia’s own Jurassic Park, in a spectacular wilderness setting,” Salisbury said in a press release.
— Steve Salisbury (@implexidens) March 27, 2017
The area’s traditional people, the Goolarabooloo, who were already aware of the tracks, invited his team to do the research.
Their findings were published on Friday by the Journal of Vertabrate Paleontology.
(Watch the video above to see the cool tracks.)
Salisbury said the footprints are between 90 million and 115 million years old. They’re only visible when the tide retreats, so recording had to be done as quickly as possible. The team used drones and laser scanners.
“Nowhere else has as many different types of dinosaurs represented by tracks than Walmadany does,” Salisbury said. “It really does fill in an important gap in the dinosaur fossil record in Australia.”
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