Dinosaur Footprint Discovery

By: CELINA ARZOLA

Staff Writer

 

As of Sunday, March 26, 2017, scientists have uncovered the largest herbivore footprint in the world. It was discovered in Western Australia’s “Jurassic Park”. The print is believed to have come from a long-necked, 5-foot-9-inch Sauropod.  

 

The team of paleontologists that made the discovery were from the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences as well as James Cook University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The group examined 127 to 140 million-year-old rocks and found the “most diverse assemblage of dinosaur tracks in the world,” the University of Queensland stated.

 

The study’s lead author, Dr. Steve Salisbury called the area the, “cretaceous equivalent of the Serengeti” with thousands of dinosaur tracks, including 21 specific types and four groups of dinosaurs. The tracks included predatory dinosaur tracks, two-legged Ornithopods, armored dinosaurs and the Sauropods, long-necked herbivores.

 

Most of the continent’s dinosaur fossils are found in the east and are about 90 to 115 million years old. The ones found in the west are “considerably older,” noted Salisbury. The area where the footprints were found had planned to be used as a site for liquid natural gas processing.

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