Lark Quarry

Lark Quarry is a site of fossil dinosaur tracks.

About 100km south of Winton in outback Queensland, this site is the world's only known dinosaur fossil site of its kind.


It started with a station manager digging on the property in the 1960s when he noticed something he thought were fossilised bird tracks.

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The building and the surroundings. ©Gondwananet.com

He called in experts and it was found out they were dinosaur tracks.

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The site of some very old fossils. ©Gondwananet.com

Volunteers cleared the ground to uncover all the tracks, and later the building was built on top of them to protect the tracks from the weather.

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The dinosaur timeline. ©Gondwananet.com

With more than 3000 dinosaur footprints, this is the only fossilised dinosaur stampede in the world. It has the tracks of a large dinosaur, and a lot of small ones fleeing.

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Inside the building. ©Gondwananet.com

While the Earth would have been covered in such tracks between 200,000 and 65,000 million years ago, these tracks are some of the few that were preserved as fossils. For a track (or an animal, plant, or anything) to fossilise, quite special conditions have to be present. The object has to be covered by water so that no oxygen is present. Then layers of earth have to be put on before oxygen or erosion would get to it.

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The tracks. ©Gondwananet.com

Here's a map of the area. You can double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.


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