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Middlemount trace fossils

A new trace fossil site has been discovered containing over 300 individual traces (such as footprints) covering a muddy sandstone exposed at the base of a creek in Middlemount, Central Queensland.

Realising the vulnerable state of the fossil site, Queensland Museum’s Dr Espen Knutsen worked with the area’s Traditional Owners the Barada Barna People, BHP and James Cook University (JCU) to create a high resolution 3D model of the site. The model was pieced together using innovative visualisation tools including photogrammetry (using measurements from photographs), laser scanning and drone footage.

Middlemount trace fossil mystery with Dr Espen Knutsen

Project aims

  • Analyse the 3D model to determine the extent, origin and significance of the fossils.
  • Conduct a geochemical analysis of rock samples and microfossil remains to determine the age and environment of the site.
  • Provide public access to the 3D model through Queensland Museum’s Sketchfab page.

The newly gathered data for this site will create rare insights into the past allowing Project DIG to share the Isaac region’s natural and cultural heritage with visitors and researchers worldwide.

What is Project DIG?

Project DIG is a partnership between Queensland Museum, BHP and BMA to transform how we store, explore and share our collections and research with communities worldwide.

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  • Queensland Museum Network and Queensland Government logo

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