Dinosaur Fossilized Footprints in the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways

Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways is about 110 km south west of the western Queensland town of Winton. The Lark Quarry site is considered to be the site of the world’s only known record of a dinosaur stampede, with fossilized footprints are interpreted as a predator stalking and causing a stampede of around 150 two-legged dinosaurs.

Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways
In the 1960s while fossicking for opals, a local station manager, Glen Seymour, discovered what he thought were fossilized bird tracks, but it wasn’t until scientists visited the area in 1971 that the footprints began to reveal their true story.

Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways

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It is a rare snapshot of a few seconds of activity during the age of the dinosaurs preserved probably for 95 million years, which has become the benchmark for study of dinosaur footprints and behaviour. The arid setting, where scientists find these sediments that reveal lowland riparian forests of the past, records thousands of millennia of landscape evolution in Australia.

Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways
The different track types are placed within the ichnotaxa Skartopus (coelurosaurs), Wintonopus (ornithopods) and Tyrannosauropus (large theropod) in the museum. The building protects the main collection of footprints from damage by stabilising temperature and humidity fluctuations, stopping water running over the footprints and keeping people and wildlife off the footprints themselves.

Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways
If you want to get more information about the museum, link up with the following linkies: http://www.dinosaurtrackways.com.au/visit.