A team of researchers from the University of Queensland and James Cook University has identified 21 different types of dinosaur tracks on a 25-kilometer stretch of the Dampier Peninsula coastline dubbed “Australia’s Jurassic Park”. In the study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, team reported that the sauropod prints measuring 1.7 meters were among the traces identified.
“It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half of the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first half of the Early Cretaceous Period,” says Steve Salisbury, the lead author of the study, in a news release. “It’s such a magical place—Australia’s own Jurassic Park, in a spectacular wilderness setting.” Researchers reported that some of the prints were so big that they didn’t really recognize them as tracks for some time. Sauropod, a long-necked herbivorous dinosaur, existed 140 million years ago, and is considered to be one of the largest dinosaurs to have lived on Earth.