The 1.7-meter stegosaur footprints are the biggest of their kind yet discovered. They are just one of about 21 different kinds of dinosaur footprints found in the 25-kilometer (15.5-mile) stretch of the Dampier Peninsula coastline in northwest Australia.
Scientists published their findings on Monday. Paleontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University have been working with the area’s Traditional Custodians, the Goolarabooloo people, since 2008.
The Goolarabooloo administration contacted the University of Queensland in 2008 when the area was named as the preferred site for a liquid gas processing precinct. “We needed the world to see what was at stake,” Goolarabooloo Law Boss Phillip Roe said. The gas project collapsed in 2013 after the area was given a National Heritage listing in 2011.
“With 21 different types of tracks represented, that makes it the most diverse dinosaur footprint fauna in the world,” lead scientist Steve Salisbury said. “Among the tracks is …