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Earliest Birds in Southern Hemisphere

Palaeontologists in Australia have found fossil footprints of birds on the south-eastern coast of Australia which they date as 120 – 128 million years old.  This makes them the earliest evidence for birds in Australia.  The tracks varied in size from 7cm to14cm wide and were similar to modern day shorebirds such as oystercatchers and […]

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Aussie Dinos the Biggest

Aussie dinos the biggest, or at least their tracks are, according to reports in ABC News 21 & 27 March 2017, BBC News 27 March 2017, and Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, doi:10.1080/02724634.2016.1269539 published online 24 March 2017. A team of scientists from University of Queensland and James Cook University have mapped out multiple dinosaur trackways […]

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Laetoli Footprints

More Laetoli Footprints

More Laetoli footprints found, according to reports in BBC News, and Nature News 14 December 2017, and eLife 5:e19568. doi: 10.7554/eLife.19568, 14 December 2016. In 1976 Mary Leakey and colleagues found fossilised footprints in a layer of volcanic tuff (solidified volcanic ash) in Tanzania dated as 3.66 million years old. In spite of their human-like […]

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