Monday, 2 July 2012

On One Ordinary Day......

.......By a lake, 95 million years ago. Lark Quarry was part of a great river plain, with sandy channels, swamps and lakes brimming with freshwater mussels, lungfish and crocodiles. Rainfall was over a metre a year, so the surrounding lowland country was lush and green. On the day that this drama unfolds, herds of small two-legged dinosaurs came to drink by the lake. The herd was stalked by a 4 tonne, 3.5m tall and 8 to 9m long therapod - a sharp-clawed toothy meat-eating dinosaur. The herd panicked, stampeding across the muddy flats.

A record of those few terrifying, minutes is cast in more than 3300 fossilised footprints conserved at Lark Quarry, 110kms from Winton. This is the site of the world's only known record of a dinosaur stampede. It is said that the stampede scene in Jurassic Park was inspired by Lark Quarry. If you ever get the chance to visit...GO!


Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Al, what an interesting story and an intriguing site! Really? a dinasaur stampede... amazing!


Anonymous said...

Isn't that the most awe-inspiring place to see? Imagine! All those millions of years ago, and you can see the story before your very eyes. Did you get goose-bumps?

Ann said...

I'd really like to see that.

AL said...

Genie: It is the most amazing place, made all the more exciting because just getting there has some element of adventure. I'm sure you'd love it.

ytaba36: It is the BEST!

Ann: If you can,'s amazing, truly!