The publication of memoir on the dinosaur track fauna on the coast of the Dampier Peninsula has stampeded its way across global media networks, making Broome even more famous. An unprecedented 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been identified on a 25km stretch of coast around Walmadany (James Price Point) on the Dampier Peninsula, WA. Palaeontologists from The University of Queensland and James Cook University braved sharks, crocodiles, massive tides and the threat of development to unveil the most diverse assemblage of dinosaur tracks in the world in 127 to 140 million year old rocks in the remote Kimberley region of WA.
Lead author Dr Steve Salisbury said the diversity of the tracks around Walmadany (James Price Point) globally unparalleled and the area the “Cretaceous equivalent of the Serengeti”.
“It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first half of the early Cretaceous Period. Walmadany is such a magical place –
Australia’s own Jurassic Park, in a spectacular setting.”Dr Salisbury said.
The area’s Traditional Custodians, the Goolarabooloo, contacted Dr Salisbury and his team, who dedicated more than 400 hours over a 6 year period to investigating and documenting the dinosaur tracks.
“We needed the world to see what was at stake,” Goolarabooloo Law Boss Phillip Roe said…
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