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!