World’s largest dinosaur footprint detected in Australia

Scientists have detected a world’s largest footprint in a widen of remote seashore famous as “Australia’s Jurassic Park”.

The unclear sauropod’s imitation is 1.7m long, usually 5 centimeters reduction than the tallness of a average-sized British man.

It was found among an “unprecedented” 21 opposite forms of dinosaur marks and dwarfs a meter-long footprint discovered in a Gobi desert by a group of Japanese and Mongolian researchers.

Palaeontologists from a University of Queensland and James Cook University pronounced their find was a many opposite array of dino footprints in a world.


The stays were unearthed in rocks aged adult to 140 millions years aged in a Kimberley segment of Western Australia.

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Steve Salisbury, lead author of a paper on a commentary published in a Memoir of a Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, pronounced a marks were “globally unparalleled”.

He added: “It is intensely significant, combining a primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in a western half of a continent and providing a usually glance of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during a initial half of a Early Cretaceous Period.

“It’s such a enchanting place — Australia’s possess Jurassic Park, in a fantastic forest setting.”

He added: “Among a marks is a usually reliable justification for stegosaurus in Australia. There are also some of a largest dinosaur marks ever recorded.”

It was roughly lost, with a Western Australian supervision in 2008 selecting a area as a elite site for a large glass healthy gas estimate precinct.


The region’s normal Aboriginal custodians, a Goolarabooloo people, contacted Salisbury and his group to strictly investigate what they knew was there.

They spent some-more than 400 hours questioning and documenting dinosaur marks in a Walmadany area.

The area was eventually awarded National Heritage standing in 2011 and a gas plan subsequently collapsed.

Salisbury said: “There are thousands of marks around Walmadany. Of these, 150 can quietly be reserved to 21 specific lane types, representing 4 categorical groups of dinosaurs.

“There were 5 opposite forms of rapacious dinosaur tracks, during slightest 6 forms of marks from long-necked herbivorous sauropods, 4 forms of marks from two-legged herbivorous ornithopods, and 6 forms of marks from armored dinosaurs.”

Most of Australia’s dinosaur fossils have formerly come from a eastern side of a immeasurable country.

Earlier this year, scientists detected a stays of a flesh-eating dinosaur a distance of an airplane.

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