World's biggest dinosaur footprints found in Australia


Scientists have uncovered the world's largest dinosaur footprint in what's known as "Australia's Jurrasic Park."

Dr. Steve Salisbury, vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Queensland, was the lead scientist on the study. His team's research has been published as the 2016 Memoir of the Society of Vertebrae Paleontologyafter a 2-3 year long peer review process.

The paleontologists braved sharks, crocodiles and the elements in a 25-kilometer stretch of Australia's Dampier Peninsula coastline -- known as the country's Jurassic Park -- to unearth the dino tracks.

"It's such a magical place -- Australia's own Jurassic Park, in a spectacular wilderness setting," Salisbury told University of Queensland news blog, UQ News.

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There are thousands of tracks in the area. "There were five different types of predatory dinosaur tracks, at least six types of tracks from long-necked herbivorous sauropods," Salisbury explained, "four types of tracks from two-legged herbivorous ornithopods, and six types of tracks from armored dinosaurs."

Most fossils in the country are from the eastern side, and between 90 and 115 million years old. Most of Australia's dinosaur fossils come from the eastern side of the continent, and are between 115 and 90 million years old. Salisbury notes, "The tracks in Broome are considerably older."

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