Dinosaur Stampede

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Australian Age of Dinosaurs, Feb 28, 2017 - Dinosaur Stampede National Monument (Qld.) - 61 pages
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Ninety-five million years ago, in what is now Central West Queensland, hundreds of small dinosaurscongregated by the edge of a lake. All of a sudden, they were interrupted by a large, meat-eating theropod dinosaur. With the lake blocking their escape, the panicking small dinosaurs ran madlyaway from the lake, past the theropod, and up a drainage channel to safety. We know that this amazing chain of events happened95 million years ago thanks to an amazing fossil site 110km south of the town of Winton. No dinosaur bones are preserved there, but fossil footprints are:more than 3,000 in all. These fossil footprints capture an amazing prehistoric moment in stone: a dinosaurstampede. Now fittingly known as Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry Conservation Park, this remarkable fossil site is of international significance. It is the only dinosaur stampede everfound anywhere in the world. Come and explore the discovery, excavation, interpretation, andconservation of this wondrous fossil site, and step back in time.

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Stephen Poropat hasbeen passionate aboutpalaeontology ever since he could pronounce theword. He completed a PhD at Monash University in 2011on mid-Cretaceous ostracods from southeast Brazil.Stephen subsequently movedto Sweden to undertakea postdoctoral researchfellowship in vertebratepalaeontology at Uppsala University.Since 2011 he has been aresearch associate of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum,and has worked closely with Museum staff both in the field and behind the scenes. He also worked as a tour guide at Dinosaur Stampede National Monument in 2015. Stephen?s research on the sauropod dinosaursin the Australian Age of Dinosaurs collection is ongoing. His workincludes the scientific description and naming of Savannasauruselliottorum in 2016 as well as revisions of Diamantinasaurus matildae and Wintonotitan wattsi. Through his research, Stephen hopes toshed light on the evolution of vertebrates in Australasia during theMesozoic Era.

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Ltd (AAOD) is a not for profit organisation located in Winton, Queensland and founded by David and Judy Elliott in 2003. The organisation's activities include operation of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History (the Museum) which holds annual dinosaur digs in the Winton Formation of western Queensland and oversees the year-round operation of Australia's most productive dinosaur fossil preparation laboratory. Since 2005, the AAOD Museum has accumulated the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world and holds the holotype specimens of Diamantinasaurus matildae ("Matilda"), Savannasaurus elliottorum ("Wade"), and Australovenator wintonensis ("Banjo"), Australia's most complete theropod skeleton.

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