New Dinosaur Footprints Discovered In Australia

The tracks belong to a carnivorous dinosaur that lived 130 million years ago.

An ordinary walk along a Broome beach turned into a palaeontological adventure for Bindi Lee Porth.

While collecting seashells on Cable Beach, Ms Porth says she put her foot down and felt an “overwhelming sense of energy”.

"When I'd taken my foot slightly off, I could see a bit of a hole, and I thought, 'This is a bit weird,” she told ABC Local Radio.

"So I just sort off brushed all the sand away and it's revealed this beautiful, like a bird, foot."

130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints

University of Queensland Palaeontologist Steven Salisbury estimates that the dinosaur was around two metres tall and four to five metres long, which is smaller than the well-known Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Broome and its surrounding areas are well known for their dinosaur footprints and often regarded as the most diverse and abundant set of tracks in Australia.

130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints

For those keen on seeing some dino footprints in person, head to Victoria’s Dinosaur Cove and Milanesia Beach, Queensland’s Lark Quarry or Western Australia’s Dampier Peninsula.

In 2004, the Australian government established Dinosaur Stampede National Monument in central Queensland.

At this one place, preserved in the 95 million-year-old stone of the Lark Quarry, over 3,000 small dinosaur tracks are scattered across the rock surface. The tracks have traditionally been thought to be the only existing evidence of a dinosaur stampede.

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