The tracks were one of 21 specific track types, representing four main groups of dinosaurs, found in the 16-mile stretch of the Dampier Peninsula coastline, dubbed "Australia’s Jurassic Park." In a press statement released on Monday, the study's lead author Steve Salisbury said that the area holds the most diverse collection of dinosaur tracks in the world, amounting to the "Cretaceous equivalent of the Serengeti."
The thousands of tracks in the area are between 90 and 115 million years old, the scientists said.
Dinos got beard rash."Dinosaurs' faces might have been much more sensitive than previously thought, according to a University of Southampton study"
I don't know why, but I found this one of the more amusing examples of the '...than previously thought, according to...' science reporting cliché.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the development of theories about dinosaur feathers, following discoveries of fossils which show evidence of feathers.
All dinosaurs were originally thought to be related to lizards - the word 'dinosaur' was created from the Greek for 'terrible lizard' - but that now appears false.
In the last century, discoveries of fossils with feathers established that at least some dinosaurs were feathered and that some of those survived the great extinctions and evolved into the birds we see today.
There are still many outstanding areas for study, such as what sorts of feathers they were, where on the body they were found, what their purpose was and which dinosaurs had them.
Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Bristol
Reader and Chancellor's Fellow in Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Edinburgh
Senior Lecturer in Geology at University College, Cork
Producer: Simon Tillotson.
Archaeopteryx, one of life on Earth’s first stabs at building a bird, evaded predators and cleared obstacles on the ground by bursting into flight like a startled pheasant, a new analysis suggests.
Writing in the journal Nature Communications, Voeten and his colleagues explain how the Archaeopteryx bones most closely matched those of birds they call “burst fliers”, which can launch themselves off the ground but are not able to glide or flap for long distances. In particular, the Archaeopteryx bones had incredibly thin walls, in some cases no more than a millimetre thick.
Peculiarities in the Archaeopteryx skeleton mean it would not have flown like modern birds. Living in the tropical archipelago that was Europe in the Late Jurassic, Archaeopteryx may have had an unusual flapping style, Voeten said, that involved bringing its wings forward and up before pulling them back down, mirroring the butterfly stroke used by swimmers.