Sandstone block may change history

Dr Rich with one of the sandstone blocks. Image: courtesy Museum Victoria

A sandstone block with footprints made by a small carnivorous dinosaur. Image: courtesy Museum Victoria

A discovery provides new insight on dinosaur diversity and activity in Australia.

In June last year, Dr Thomas Rich, Greg Denney of Apollo Bay, and Dr Anthony Martin, from the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, found new dinosaur footprints at Melanesia Beach, Victoria.  “The tracks were formed within a short time span, possibly during a polar summer as they would not have been preserved if the ground was frozen, and the dinosaurs may have had less activity during winter,” said Dr Martin on the press release.

The findings were published today in Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.

Source: Museum Victoria

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