On This Day in 2017: Discovery Of World’s Largest Dinosaur Footprint Published
It was on this day, March 28th, in 2017 that the uncovering of the world’s largest dinosaur footprint in northwestern Australia was published by a team of palaeontologists from The University of Queensland and James Cook University.
The footprint, at 5 feet 9 inches in length, belonged to a long-knecked herbivore called a sauropod.
The discovery was part of 21 different types of dinosaur tracks identified in 127 to 140 million-year-old rocks along a 25-kilometre stretch of the Dampier Peninsula coastline dubbed “Australia’s Jurassic Park”.
Out of the 21 different types of dinosaur tracks identified, four types of tracks were from two-legged herbivores known as ornithopods and six types of tracks were from armoured dinosaurs.
Over two weeks were undertaken in investigating and documenting the dinosaur tracks.
The research was published online as the 2016 Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.