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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 Network’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.
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.