Anthony Romilio primarily conducts research on dinosaur tracks, and 3D visualisations of organic and fossiliferous material. His interests include the development of new 3D strategies to improve the track and tracksite documentation, and the use of quantitative methods to improve our understanding of track diversity, dinosaur foot evolution, and the monitoring of coastal erosional of the fossil track surfaces.
 

Researcher biography

Anthony joined the UQ Dinosaur Lab in 2009 as an PhD student. His PhD project involved examining and interpreting the dinosaur tracks from Australia's only two National Heritage dinosaur tracksites at Lark Quarry (central-western Queensland) and on the Dampier Peninsula, in the West Kimberley, WA. In 2014, Anthony took out the 2014 Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Award at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Berlin based upon his investigations of Lark Quarry. Upon obtaining his doctorate, Anthony worked as a Postdoctoral research assistant that involved further field trips to the Kimberley's Dinosaur Coast, collecting and analysing track information, and amassing a large database for future research.

In April 2016, Anthony was invited guest speaker at the prestigious Korean Earth Science Society and Gyeongnam Goseong International Dinosaur Symposium, in South Korea. He presented on the state-of-the-art 3D data acquisition methods employed to record Australia’s significant tracksites.

In 2017, Anthony became the Visiting Scholar Coordinator for the Postgraduate Committee of the School of Biological Sciences, UQ. He holds a scholarship from the Australian Geographic Society to undertake further studies into the dinosaur paleobiology revealed by fossil footprints from the Lark Quarry tracksite, central-western Queensland.

 

To view interviews with Anthony see PeerJ author interviews

To view press releases of some of Anthony’s research see:

https://dinosaurs.group.uq.edu.au/article/2017/03/worlds-most-diverse-dinosaur-track-fauna-unveiled

https://dinosaurs.group.uq.edu.au/article/2016/06/dinosaur-stampede-debate

https://dinosaurs.group.uq.edu.au/article/2016/05/australia%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98stampeding%E2%80%99-dinosaurs-missed-party

https://dinosaurs.group.uq.edu.au/article/2016/05/anthony-romilio-wins-2014-award-best-student-paper-journal-vertebrate-paleontology

 

ORCID ID orcid.org/0000-0002-1218-3567

SCOPUS ID https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=36667451700

 

Peer-reviewed Publications

Xing, L.D., Lockley, M.G., Romilio, A., Klein, H., Zhang, J.Q., Chen, H.Y., Zhang, J.J., Burns, M.E., Wang, X.L. In review. Use of drones in rapid investigation: Test case on a diverse theropod-sauropod dominated track assemblage from the Lower Cretaceous Dasheng Group of Eastern China. Cretaceous Research -in review

Xing, Lida, J. Ba, M. G. Lockley, H. Klein,S. Yan, Romilio, Anthony, W. S. Persons IV (2017) Late Triassic sauropodomorph and Middle Jurassic theropod tracks from the Xichang Basin, Sichuan Province, southwestern China: first report of the ichnogenus Carmelopodus, Palaios - in review

Romilio, Anthony, Hacker, Jorg M., Zlot, Robert, Poropat, George, Bosse, Michael and Salisbury, Steven W. (2017) A multidisciplinary approach to digital mapping of dinosaurian tracksites in the Lower Cretaceous (Valanginian-Barremian) Broome sandstone of the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. PeerJ, 2017 3: . doi:10.7717/peerj.3013

Salisbury, Steven W., Romilio, Anthony, Herne, Matthew C., Tucker, Ryan T. and Nair, Jay P. (2017) The Dinosaurian ichnofauna of the Lower Cretaceous (ValanginianBarremian) Broome Sandstone of the Walmadany Area (James Price Point), Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 36 1-152. doi:10.1080/02724634.2016.1269539

Lida Xing, Martin G. Lockley, Junqiang Zhang, Anthony Romilio, Hendrik Klein, Yan Wang, Yonggang Tang, Michael E. Burns & Xiaoli Wang (2017) A diversified vertebrate ichnite fauna from the Dasheng Group (Lower Cretaceous) of southeast Shandong Province, China, Historical Biology,  doi:10.1080/08912963.2017.1370588

Xing, Lida, H. Dai, M. G. Lockley, Romilio, Anthony, H. Klein, Z. Li, X. Hu, G. Peng, Y. Ye, W. S. Persons IV (2017) Two new dinosaur tracksites from the Lower Cretaceous Jiaguan Formation of Sichuan Basin, China: specific preservation and ichnotaxonomy, Historical Biology 29:1–9.

J. Debono, J. Dobson, N. R. Casewell, A. Romilio, B. Li, N. Kurniawan, K. Mardon, V. Weisbecker, A. Nouwens, H. F. Kwok, B. G. Fry, B.G. (2017) Coagulating Colubrids: Evolutionary, Pathophysiological and Biodiscovery Implications of Venom Variations between Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) and Twig Snake (Thelotornis mossambicanus). Toxins 9: 171.

N. R. Casewell, J. C. Visser, K. Baumann, J. Dobson, H. Han, S. Kuruppu, M. Morgan, A. Romilio, V. Weisbecker, J. Debono, I. Koludarov, I. Que, G. C. Bird, G. M. Cooke, A. Nouwens, W. C. Hodgson, S. C. Wagstaff, K. L. Cheney, I. Irina Vetter, L. van der Weerd, M. K. Richardson and B. G. Fry. (2017) The Evolution of Fangs, Venom, and Mimicry Systems in Blenny Fishes. Current Biology 27: 1–8.

Romilio, Anthony and Salisbury, Steven W. (2014) Large dinosaurian tracks from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian-Turonian) portion of the Winton Formation, Lark Quarry, central-western Queensland, Australia: 3D photogrammetric analysis renders the 'stampede trigger' scenario unlikely. Cretaceous Research, 51 186-207. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2014.06.003

Romilio, Anthony, Tucker, Ryan T. and Salisbury, Steven W. (2013) Reevaluation of the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Tracksite (Late Albian-Cenomanian Winton Formation, Central-Western Queensland, Australia): No Longer a Stampede?. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33 1: 102-120. doi:10.1080/02724634.2012.694591

Romilio, Anthony and Salisbury, Steven W. (2011) A reassessment of large theropod dinosaur tracks from the mid-Cretaceous (late Albian-Cenomanian) Winton Formation of Lark Quarry, central-western Queensland, Australia: A case for mistaken identity. Cretaceous Research, 32 2: 135-142. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2010.11.003

Conference Papers

K. Kim, J. Lim, M. Lockley, L. Xing, D. Kim, L. Piñuela, A. Romillio, J. Yoo and J. Kim. (2016) The smallest known didactyl dinosaur footprints from the Early Cretaceous Jinju Formation, Jinju, Korea. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts Salt lake City, Utah: 166.

Jannel, A., Panagiotopoulou, O., Romilio, A., Nair, J. P. and Salisbury, S. W. (2016). Simulated range of motion and hindfoot posture of Rhoetosaurus brownei Longman, 1926 (Sauropoda, Gravisauria). In: Geological Society of Australia Abstracts 117. Palaeo Down Under 2, Adelaide Australia, (36-37). July 2016.

Jannel, Andréas, Panagiotopoulou, Olga, Romilio, Anthony , Nair, Jay P. and Salisbury, Steven W. (2016). Reconstruction of the motion and hindfoot posture of Rhoetosaurus brownei Longman, 1926 (Sauropoda, Gravisauria). In: The Palaeontological Association 60th Annual Meeting, Université Claude Bernard Lyon, Lyon, France, 79, (79-79). 14-17 December, 2016.

Gray, S., Romilio, A., Hacker, J., Chamberlain, P. and Salisbury, S. W. (2016). Palaeoenvironmental setting of non-avian dinosaur tracks in the Lower Cretaceous (ValanginianBarremian) Broome Sandstone of Reddell Beach, Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. In: Laurie, J.R., Kruse, P.D., García-Bellido, D.C. and Holmes, J.D., Palaeo Down Under 2, Adelaide, Australia, (30-30). July 2016.

Salisbury, S. W., Romilio, A. and Hacker, J. (2016). 3D digital analysis of non-avian dinosaur tracksites at Lark Quarry and Minyirr: implications for understanding Australia's Cretaceous dinosaurian fauna. In: Laurie, J.R., Kruse, P.D., García-Bellido, D.C. and Holmes, J.D., Palaeo Down Under 2, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (54-54). July 2016.

Jannel, A., Panagiotopoulou, O., Romilio, A., Nair, J. P. and Salisbury, S. W. (2016). Living by the Eromanga Sea: taphonomy of crocodyliform and osteichthyan fossils from the Lower Cretaceous Winton Formation at Isisford, Queensland. In: Laurie, J.R., Kruse, P.D., García-Bellido, D.C and Holmes, J.D., Palaeo Down Under 2, Adelaide Australia, (57-57). July 2016.

Romilio, A., Hacker, J. and Salisbury, S. W. (2016). New approaches to evaluating the Australian dinosaur tracksites of Lark Quarry, Queensland and of the Broome Sandstone, Western Australia. In: K. S. Kim, D. H. Kim and J.-D. Lim, Spring Meeting of the Korean Earth Science Society and Gyeongnam Goseong International Dinosaur Symposium, Gyeongnam, South Korea, (24-31). 2016.

Romilio, Anthony and Salisbury, Steven (2014). Ichnological evidence for diverse pedal postures in ornithopodan dinosaurs. In: The 74th Annual Meeting of Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) conference, Berlin, Germany, (216-216). 5–8 November 2014. doi:10.13140/2.1.1953.2485

Salisbury, Steven W., Romilio, Anthony, Herne, Matthew C., Tucker, Ryan T. and Nair, Jay P. (2013). Dinosaur tracks from the Walmadany area (James Price Point), Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. In: CAVEPS Flinders University, Adelaide 2013, 14th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics 30th September - 4th October 2013. 14th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (75-76). 30 September - 4 October 2013.

Romilio, A. and Salisbury, S. W. (2013). Three-dimensional analysis of the largest tracks from the Lark Quarry dinosaur tracksite, central-western Queensland. In: CAVEPS Flinders University, Adelaide 2013, 14th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics, Adelaide, Australia, (74-75). 30 September - 4 October 2013.

Romilio, Anthony and Salisbury, S. W. (2012). Re-interpretation of the dinosaur track-maker identities and tracksite scenario at Lark Quarry, of the mid-Cretaceous (late Albian-Cenomanian) Winton Formation, central-western Queensland, Australia. In: Dinosaur Tracks 2011. An International Symposium, Obernkirchen, April 1417, 2011. Abstract Volume and Field Guide to Excursions, Obernkirchen, Germany, (53-53). 1417 April 2011.

Romilio, A. and Salisbury, S. (2011). Re-examination of the Lark Quarry dinosaur tracksite reveals an absence of tracks referable to nonavian theropods. In: Geological Survey of Western Australia 2011, CAVEPS Perth 2011, 13th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution Palaeontology and Systematics, Perth, Australia, (72-72). 2730 April 2011.