We went to the dinosaurs. It was a looooooong drive but it was worth it.
Fun Fact: The plant eating Hadrosaurs had about 960 cheek teeth.
Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum at Winton
We saw real dinosaur bones and even got to touch one. Near Winton they have discovered four new types of dinosaur. Two of the dinosaurs they found died near each other:
- Banjo, a Australovenator wintonensis; and
- Matilda, a Diamantinasaurus matildae.
Banjo is like a small tyrannosaurus rex with sharp pointy claws and Matilda is a big, four-legged herbivore. Matilda was 15m long and weighed more than 15 tonnes.
We also got to see a real dinosaur lab in action and even got to touch a real dinosaur bone.
Fun Fact: Stegosaurus had a small head and its brain was around the size of plum.
Dinosaur Stampede near Winton
We saw lots of dinosaur footprints at the Dinosaur Stampede. There were about 3,300 footprints from three different types of dinosaur.
There was a big meat-eater about the size of a horse (another Australovenator wintonensis, like Banjo). There were about 86 dinosaurs about the size of a chicken (Skartopus australis) and about 70 about the size of a big dog (Wintonopus latomorum).
Daddy dropped his glasses on the footprints!
Fun Fact: The longest dinosaur was Seismosaurus, which measured over 40m.
Fossicking at Richmond
Near Richmond we went fossicking for dinosaur bones. We found lots of shells from when there was an inland sea in the middle of Queensland.
Fun Fact: Stegosaurus means roof lizard in reference to its bony plates.