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Paleontologists Use Drones to Document Dinosaur Track Ways #drone #droneday

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From ABC.net.au:

Team leader Steve Salisbury said this month’s field work had focused on using a drone to get a bird’s eye view of the track ways.

“It’s allowing us to get up above some of the more interesting track sites, and get lots of good video footage, which is really exciting, and lots of fun,” he said.

“The drone allows us to get as close as we need to and customise the imagery we want, which is proving to be really, really interesting.”

The vision will be fed into the sophisticated computer software that will eventually create 3D images of the dinosaur’s movements along the coast.

The track ways are preserved in stone along a 200-kilometre stretch of coast running north from Broome.

Some are large circular imprints left by sauropods, while others are more bird-like, three-toed theropod prints.

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