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World's Largest Dinosaur Tracks Found in Australia

Located in Western Australia are a series of ancient rocks located on a coastline. While roaming the area, a team of paleontologists discovered a series of twenty-one different types of dinosaur tracks.

The team, who work at the University of Queensland and James Cook University said they have unearthed rocks that date back to 140 million years ago. Their discovery is one of the most diverse collections found in the world.

According to Yahoo, Steve Salisbury, the lead author writing about the findings states that “It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half of the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first half of the Early Cretaceous Period.”

 

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Many are dubbing the coast line the new Jurassic Park. In the footprints, the team realized that there were a series of stegosaurus tracks. This is the first time that scientists have been able to prove that this type of dinosaur has roamed Down Under.

While spending approximately 400 hours in the area, they documented all of their findings. The area, was almost lost to the government in 2008 when they wanted to use it for a massive liquid natural gas processing precinct. Thankfully, the area’s Aboriginal custodians were able to contact the correct officials in order to preserve the land.

 

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The Walmadany area is home to the world's largest dinosaur tracks. Law Boss Richard Hunter and a 1.7m sauropod track https://t.co/B3NAlwBreD

 

In 2011, the area was awarded with a National Heritage status which prevented the gas project from proceeding any further. Yahoo also reported that 150 of the tracks can confidently be “assigned to 21 specific track types, representing four main groups of dinosaurs.”

Salisbury continued that “There were five different types of predatory dinosaur tracks, at least six types of tracks from long-necked herbivorous sauropods, four types of tracks from two-legged herbivorous ornithopods, and six types of tracks from armored dinosaurs.”

 

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