Paleontologists solve mystery of dinosaur footprint fossils at top of Australian cave

For scientists, dinosaur fossils found anywhere are enough to excite them. But a set of fossil footprints on the ceiling of a cave in Australia has sparked a decades-long mystery that only recently came to a more plausible conclusion. Heritage Daily said: ‘There are some indications that the dinosaur footprints at this popular attraction on Mount Morgan appear to have been reversed.

Paleontologists solve mystery of dinosaur footprint fossils at top of Australian cave

(Photo from: Anthony Romilio, via BGR)

It’s easy to explain why footprints appear on the cave’s ceiling. Dr Anthony Romilio, from the University of Queensland, said in a statement:

The footprints at the top of the cave were not caused by the dinosaurs kicking on the ground, but by the dinosaurs walking on the lake’s sediments, which were later covered by sediment.

For palaeontologists, these footprints still leave them with some confusion. Dr Romilio explained: ‘Early tests revealed some very strange dinosaur behaviour, which led us to suspect that predators were walking with four-legged animals.

Fortunately, the children of a palaeontologist have been working on this more than half a century ago, providing university researchers with a wealth of information, including photographs and footprints.

After an in-depth study of the various data, Romilio was able to determine that it had strayed from the right research direction:

It’s not so much a dinosaur walking with four-legged, it’s that there were two dinosaurs walking along the shore of an ancient lake (with two feet).

Unfortunately, for those who expect “dinosaurs to walk upside down”, their dreams have been shattered.