Dr Steve Salisbury and his group of scientists, students have spent weeks studying Broome’s dinosaur footprints in Cretaceous sandstone around many of Broome’s beaches.
The result is this paper published today.
It explains many of the new technologies of LIDAR and drones used in fossil footprint research, where more than 20 species have been found along the Broome and Dampier Peninsula shoreline so far.
Figure 4: Ground-based data acquisition techniques used on Broome Sandstone dinosaurian tracksites.
(A) Ground-based photography (left to right: AR and SWS). (B) photogrammtery-derived orthophotographic mosaic of the track-bearing platform UQL-DP56-4, -5 and -9 (blue rectangles indicate spatial position of the camera). (C) ‘Zebedee’ handheld ground-based laser scanning (RZ). (D) point cloud of Minyirr (UQL-DP56). Colored line indicates path taken whilst scanning. Area of B and C equals approximately 20 m 2 and 4 ha, respectively. Abbreviations: AP, Anastasia’s pool; LH, Lighthouse. Photograph credit (A, C): Damian Kelly.
And here’s the album cover:
Dino-Trackers & Airborne Research Australia, live at Walmadany 2014. # UQ # DinosaurCoast https://t.co/b0LoADmoVI https://t.co/pV206L4Kw1
Broome’s dinosaur footprints are of global significance, and scientists are just starting to understand how valuable they are.
On ABC TV’s 730 tonight, Erin Parke looks at the emerging understanding of the ancient tracks and what their future holds.
Dinosaur Stampede in Broome.
All the talk of town atm – The DINOSAUR COAST has had great national and international attention lately. Over 20 different kinds o f dinosaur tracks in the Broome region. They will drive Broome’s tourism in the future no doubt. You won’t have to buy an expensive pearl or pay to ride feral camels on Cable Beach to experience Broome. The 130 million year old prints are free to experience. No wonder some money people don’t like them.
Sauropod tracks here, photographed close to town. Certainly worth preserving and sharing with the rest of the world.