Recently, researchers discovered new clues about decades of “hanging cases” of dinosaur footprints around the top of the cave. These footprints were previously thought to belong to some kind of four-legged carnivorous dinosaur. At the time, it was a shocking discovery – but the problem is that in the decades since the footprints were discovered in the 1950s, there was no other evidence of what the creature was. New clues shed new light on why there is no other evidence of the existence of these creatures.
Currently, the caves at Mount Morgan in central Queensland, Australia, are closed to all visitors, including researchers. That’s largely why it’s a pending case. Local officials have cordoned off the area for security reasons since former government geologist Ross Staines and his colleagues published research into the cave in the 1950s.
According to the Brisbane Times, University of Queensland palaeontologist Dr Anthony Romilio has recently attracted attention. For a decade, he has been trying to get into these caves, and Dr. Roslyn Dick has been very helpful to Dr. Romilio and his research. Dr. Roselyn Dick is the daughter of Ross Staines. Dr. Dick and her sisters have retained all the work and research her father did decades ago in caves (and elsewhere).
“In addition to the published paper, he had high-resolution photos and detailed notebooks, and my sisters and I kept it all,” Dr. Dick said. We even stored his dinosaur footprint plaster under my sister’s ‘Harry Potter’ cupboard in Sydney. “The plaster is based on a mysterious footprint on the ceiling of a Queensland cave. The material contains a higher quality photo than the one contained in the published article, and allows Dr. Romilio to better view the relevant content.
Dr Romilio said: “Even if the published photos are very blurry, the actual photos themselves are high-resolution, and I immediately know that these are not the footprints we see, but the second set of footprints.” “On closer inspection, Dr. Romilio matched these footprints to those found in the same geological region over the past few decades. He eventually discovered that the footprints were not four-legged dinosaurs at all, but were left by two bipedal dinosaurs.
Unfortunately, although they now have a wider record of dinosaur footprints, there is no bone evidence. It’s still a mystery to a large extent!