Footprints of a Tyrannosaurus-type dinosaur have been found by a woman while collecting shells in Cable Beach near the town of Broome, Western Australia on Sunday. The three-toed footprints dating back 130 million years belong to a theropod that grew around two meters tall and four to five meters long.
The woman, Bindi Lee Porth, felt an indent on the sand. She says that she felt an overwhelming sense of energy, and after brushing all the sand away, she saw the footprints.
According to Steven Salisbury, a paleontologist and a senior lecturer with the school of biological sciences at the University of Queensland, the carnivorous dinosaur was bigger than a velociraptor but smaller than a Tyrannosaurus rex.
Although the main tourist area of Cable Beach is not known for dinosaur footprints, the Broome coastline is known for finding such discoveries. Apparently, the site stretching from the Roebuck Bay in the south and more than 150 kilometers north along the Dampier Peninsula is known for dinosaur footprints and is considered to contain the most abundant and diverse footprints in all of Australia.
“This is a very exciting development, having someone beachcombing to come along tracks like this. This is what makes the Broome area and the dinosaur coast so special,” says the University of Queensland paleontologist. “There have been tracks spotted in the Cable Beach area over the years. Most of those are sauropod tracks, but this is the first time we’ve become aware of there being another type of dinosaur track in that area.”
Experts suggest the public head to Victoria’s Dinosaur Cove and Milanesia Beach, Queensland’s Lark Quarry or Western Australia’s Dampier Peninsula if they want to find dinosaur footprints themselves. Given its diversity, Salisbury adds that people might see different sets of tracks, even ones that belong to another type of three-toed dinosaur.