Tracks across time


The race to rescue 95-million-year-old dinosaur footprints from the elements in the Queensland outback.

elcome to Karoola: a property around an hour-and-a-half’s drive from the town of Winton in central west Queensland.

In this part of Australia, a single farm can be the size of a small nation.

Today, the area is drowned in floodwaters after recent devastating rainfall across Queensland. Karoola itself received around half a metre of rain.

But step back to last September and it’s a completely different story.

Karoola Sign
Karoola Sign

Old kangaroo bones
Old kangaroo bones

Scattered among the tussocks of spiky grass are traces of animals unable to survive, like the skull of a young red kangaroo lying in the dirt, scraps of ruddy fur still clinging to the bleached bone.

We’re certainly in the right place to find evidence of long-dead creatures, but it’s not kangaroos we want.

Our items of interest are almost 100 million years old.

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Published: 18th February 2020

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