• Audience
    Early years, Primary school
  • Learning stage
    Early Stage 1, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3
  • Curriculum area
    English, Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Type
    Poster, Science based

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The Winton Trackway is a dinosaur stampede which was uncovered in Queensland. Over 3000 fossilised footprints were left by dinosaurs on the shore of a lake about 95 million years ago. The sizes and shapes of the footprints indicate what types of dinosaurs made them and approximately how big they were. At least 160 different dinosaurs left their mark.

  • When we walk our whole foot leaves a mark, and when we run, usually only our toes leave a print and the space between the footprints becomes longer. In the same way it’s possible for scientists to work out from footprints whether a dinosaur was walking or running, if it moved on two or four legs, and even the dinosaur’s shape and size can be found out!

  • How many types of dinosaurs do you think there were during the stampede?
  • What do you think the dinosaurs were doing and where do you think they were going?
  • How big do you think the dinosaurs were?

Look at the poster and try to interpret what was happening at this scene millions of years ago.

Children and students can recreate the stampede by standing in the varying directions seen through the footprints.

Use the guiding questions to help you.

Winton Trackway landscape view
Winton Trackway landscape view Image: NA
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