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Kimberley Region's Dinosaur Tracks Discovery Being Called 'Australia's Jurassic Park'

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The Kimberley region's dinosaur tracks are being called "Australia's Jurassic Park" after discoveries by paleontologists in recent years have revealed a stunning variety of different species.

Scientists have identified 21 different types of dinosaur tracks in a 16-mile stretch of the region's Dampier Peninsula in a remote region of Western Australia. Paleontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University called it the most diverse grouping of dinosaur tracks ever found, said a Queensland release.

The Kimberley region research team spent more than 400 hours detailing the prints from 2011 to 2016.

The dinosaur tracks were found in 127- to 140 million-year-old rocks.

"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," said Steve Salisbury, lead author of a study of the tracks.

"It's such a magical place – Australia's own Jurassic Park, in a spectacular wilderness setting."

Salisbury told the BBC News there were no other fossils from any part on the continent from this time period. Most of Australia's dinosaur fossils come from the eastern side of the continent, and are between 115 and 90 million years old.

"Twenty-one different types. There are about six different types of tracks for meat-eating dinosaurs; about the same number for sauropod dinosaurs; about four different types of ornithopod dinosaur tracks – so two-legged plant-eaters – and really exciting, I think, are six types of armored dinosaur tracks, including stegosaurs, which we've never seen before in Australia."

Researchers were alerted to the Kimberley region in 2008 by native aboriginal people who were concerned about the development of a liquid natural gas facility possibly being built there. Plans for the gas plant died in 2013.

The indigenous people had described the footprints in their oral history for probably a thousand years, noted the BBC News.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Salisbury's team also found a dinosaur footprint that measured a little more than 5 ½ feet, which would make it the largest track ever found.

"So most people would be able to fit inside tracks that big, and they indicate animals that are probably around 5.3 to 5.5 meters at the hip, which is enormous," Salisbury told ABC. "These animals did exist. They were out there and we're seeing evidence of them having existed in the Kimberley 130 million years ago based on these tracks."

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