The Giant Carnivorous Dinosaurs of Australia

Related Articles

Related Articles

Each continent had a major predatory dinosaur, in North America, it was the T-Rex, in Africa the Spinosaurus.

Now researchers from the University of Queensland have identified fossil footprints from a gigantic predatory dinosaur that roamed Australia in the southern Queensland area during the Jurassic period 165-151 million years ago.

The tracks were created by the dinosaur in a swamp-forest environment and are around 50 to 60 centimetres in length, with some of the huge tracks measuring nearly 80 centimetres
Palaeontologist, Dr Anthony Romilio from the University of Queensland said: “I’ve always wondered, where were Australia’s big carnivorous dinosaurs? But I think we’ve found them, right here in Queensland”

The research team believes the tracks were made by a large-bodied carnosaur, reaching a hight of three metres at the hips and probably around 10 metres in length. In comparison, a T-Rex is 3.2 metres at the hips and the average length was between 12-13 metres.

At the time, carnosaurs, of which the group includes Allosaurus was one of the largest predatory dinosaurs on the planet.

Despite the study providing important new insights into Australia’s natural heritage, the fossils are not a recent discovery.

Subscribe to more articles like this by following our Google Discovery feed - Click the follow button on your desktop or the star button on mobile. Subscribe

Dr Romilio said. “The tracks have been known for more than half a century. They were discovered in the ceilings of underground coal mines from Rosewood near Ipswich, and Oakey just north of Toowoomba, back in the 1950s and 1960s.”

The samples were placed in a museum drawer, technically forgotten without any scientific study until now.

Header Image Credit : Dr Anthony Romilio

- Advertisement -

Download the HeritageDaily mobile application on iOS and Android

More on this topic


Pella – Birthplace of Alexander The Great

Pella is an archaeological site and the historical capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedon.

New Argentine fossils uncover history of celebrated conifer group

Newly unearthed, surprisingly well-preserved conifer fossils from Patagonia, Argentina, show that an endangered and celebrated group of tropical West Pacific trees has roots in the ancient supercontinent that once comprised Australia, Antarctica and South America, according to an international team of researchers.

High-tech CT reveals ancient evolutionary adaptation of extinct crocodylomorphs

The tree of life is rich in examples of species that changed from living in water to a land-based existence.

Fish fossils become buried treasure

Rare metals crucial to green industries turn out to have a surprising origin. Ancient global climate change and certain kinds of undersea geology drove fish populations to specific locations.

Archaeologists Discover Viking Toilet in Denmark

Archaeologists excavating a settlement on the Stevns Peninsula in Denmark suggests they have discovered a toilet from the Viking Age.

Innovation by ancient farmers adds to biodiversity of the Amazon, study shows

Innovation by ancient farmers to improve soil fertility continues to have an impact on the biodiversity of the Amazon, a major new study shows.

Lost Shiva Temple Buried in Sand Discovered by Local Villagers

Villagers from the Perumallapadu village in the Pradesh’s Nellore district of India have unearthed the 300-year-old Temple of Nageswara Swamy on the banks of the Penna River.

Ma’rib – Capital of the Kingdom of Saba

Ma'rib is an archaeological site and former capital of the ancient kingdom of Saba in modern-day Ma'rib in Yemen

Giant Egg Discovered in Antarctica Belonged to Marine Reptile

A large fossil discovered in Antarctica by Chilean researchers in 2011 has been found to be a giant, soft-shell egg from 66 million years ago.

Archaeologists Find Evidence of Incest Among Irelands Early Elite at Newgrange Passage Tomb

Archaeologists working with Geneticists from the Trinity College Dublin have determined that a burial in the Newgrange passage tomb shows indications of first-degree incest.

Popular stories