Leaves reveal ancient Queensland was warm

7 Apr 2014

Dinosaurs at Lark Quarry in Queensland stomped around a warm, wet and seasonal climate bursting with flowering plants, a new study reveals.

The analysis of plant fossils, led by PhD student Tamara Fletcher from the University of Queensland, shows the climate in this area during the late Cretaceous period was warmer and wetter than previously thought.

According to their study, published in the latest issue of Australian Journal of Botany, the area had a mean annual rainfall of 1646 millimetres and a mean annual temperature of 16 degrees. It also found the area had a nine-month plant growth season.

Read the full article at ABC Science