“JURASSIC PARK”. A team of paleontologists has found a footprint of 1.75 meters in the northwest of the country, among 21 types of dinosaur footprints 140 million years old for some.
It would be the largest dinosaur footprint ever discovered in the world, according to the team of paleontologists. A 1.75-meter “papatte”, which would belong to a long-necked herbivorous sauropod. And this treasure is only one of the discoveries made in northwestern Australia by scientists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University. The 25-kilometer excavation site in remote Waldamany, Western Australia, now known as the Australian “Jurassic Park” – in reference to Steven Spielberg’s film – represents “the wildlife of dinosaur footprints” The most diverse ever recorded, “said Steven Salisbury, who led the research at CNN.
The researchers discovered 21 different types of dinosaur footprints in rocks dating back 140 million years. Steve Salisbury, lead author of a study published by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, insists: “This is unprecedented in the world.”
“It’s a magical place”
“It’s very important is the trail of non-avian dinosaurs in the western part of the continent and our only glimpse of the fauna of Australian dinosaurs during the first half of the Lower Cretaceous,” said the paleontologist on Monday (March 27th). “It’s a magical place, it’s the Australian Jurassic Park, in a spectacular wilderness.”
The researchers examined the fingerprints for more than 400 hours, between 2011 and 2016, identifying 21 different traces, representing four major groups of dinosaurs. “There are five different types of predator dinosaur fingerprints, at least six types of long-necked herbivorous sauropod imprints, four types of traces of bipedal herbivorous ornithopods, and six types of dinosaur traces.”
Saved by the Aborigines
However, this exceptional site has almost disappeared in the name of gas exploitation. In 2008, he was selected by the Government of Western Australia for a massive natural gas treatment project. The site’s Aboriginal custodians then contacted the palaeontologists to conduct research into these traces, which they probably knew for thousands of years. Indeed, traces of dinosaurs are evoked in one of the aboriginal “cycle of songs” of the region, which allow generational transmission of stories, rituals, codes and laws. “The world had to know what was at stake,” said Phillip Roe, a Goolarabooloo official.