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sábado, 1 de octubre de 2011
Palaeontology - A new study of dinosaur footprints underway
Palaeontologists from Canada and the United States have arrived in Broome to start a fresh examination of dinosaur footprints close to the site of the Kimberley gas hub.
Palaeontologist Richard McCrea and a colleague measures dinosaur footprints at James Price Point [Credit: Erin Parke/ABC]
The State Government's original assessment of the prints found they were not of museum-grade quality.
Following an outcry from locals and palaeontologists, the Environmental Protection Authority ordered a further study.
Canadian Richard McCrea is one of the experts brought in to conduct the two-week study.
He says he is not phased by the controversy surrounding the project.
"My job is simple; it's do do an objective survey of the dinosaur trackways, like a scientific assessment and so the controversy to me, from a scientific point of view, does not bear into this at all," he said.
Richard McCrea says there is limited time to do the study.
"There's quite a constriction, we'll see if we actually have enough time to do the job we've been asked to do," he said.
The dinosaur footprints may have to be removed to a museum or covered up to allow the gas project to proceed.