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World’s Largest Dinosaur Footprint Discovered in Australia’s ‘Jurassic Park’

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World's Largest Dinosaur Footprints Discovered in Australia
(Damian Kelly)


It’s a dinosaur find that feels straight out of a Michael Crichton novel.

According to Time magazine, in what is known as “Australia’s Jurassic Park,” paleontologists have discovered “some of the world’s largest dinosaur footprints,” which belonged to a sauropod and measure almost 5 feet 9 in length. The scientists made the discovered last summer, but only revealed their findings Monday.

The World's Largest Dinosaur Footprints Discovered in Australia
(The University of Queensland)


According to the official statement from the University of Queensland, 21 separate dinosaur tracks were discovered within a 16-mile area along the Dampier Peninsula coastline (in Western Australia). The team of scientists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University say the rocks date from 127 million to 140 million years old.

In an interesting twist, the area where the dinosaur tracks were discovered had been designated by the Western Australian government as the site for a $40 billion liquid natural gas processing plant.

Read the scientists’ research in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Below, watch a video about the discovery.