Palaeontologists from North America to examine dinosaur footprints

16th SeptemberTwo leading palaeontologists will be flown in from North America to examine the dinosaur footprints found at the site of the proposed Browse Basin gas hub near Broome.

The ancient footprints run along part of the Dampier Peninsula and have been found on the tidal flats at James Price Point, the location earmarked for Woodside’s $30 billion natural gas project.

The area is now heritage listed, but the new status may not halt development.

Dr Martin Lockley, a geology professor from the University of Colorado in Denver, and Richard McCrea, a curator at the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre in Canada, will travel to the Kimberley to study the dinosaur footprints and provide more information on their importance.

Department of State Development Deputy Director, Nicky Cusworth, said the palaeontologists both had expertise in dinosaur footprints and track-ways.