Lab members Jay Nair (left) and
Matt Herne (right) unearthing
sauropod bones at a new fossil
locality in the Winton Formation
near Winton, central-western
Queensland. Photo Steve

Our research on dinosaurs focuses mainly on those forms that are endemic to Australia. At present we are mainly interested in Early Cretaceous dinosaurs, in particular those represented by body fossils from the Winton Formation of western Queensland.  Research into dinosaur tracks, dinosaur locomotor kinematics and palaeoecology focuses on tracksites in Queensland, such as Lark Quarry, and Western Australia's 'Dinosaur Coast' on the Dampier Peninsula.

Specific areas of interest include: Australasian Cretaceous dinosaur faunas; evolution of Australasian ornithopods, thyreophorans, sauropods and theropods; Gondwanan dinosaur palaeobiogeography; dinosaur trackways and locomotor kinematics.

Our lab conducts regular expeditions to Cretaceous vertebrate localities in central-western Queensland and the Dampier Peninsula in The Kimberley region of western Australia.  We are also involved in field-based research on the Antarctic Peninsula (a current US National Science Foundation project for which I am Co-Principle Investigator with Dr Matt Lamanna from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History).

Selected publications 

Herne, M.C., Tait, A.M., Weisbecker, V., Hall, M., Nair, J.P., Cleeland, M. and Salisbury, S.W. 2018. A new small-bodied ornithopod (Dinosauria, Ornithischia) from a deep, high-energy Early Cretaceous river of the Australian-Antarctic rift system. Peer J, 5:e4113.

Salisbury, S.W., Romilio, A., Herne, M.C., Tucker, R.T. and Nair, J.P. 2017. The dinosaurian ichnofauna of the Lower Cretaceous (Valanginian–Barremian) Broome Sandstone of the Walmadany area (James Price Point), Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 16 (Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Vol. 36, supplement to 6, November 2016), i–viii + 152 pp. Open Access PDF + SI

Romilio, A., Hacker, J., M., Zlot, R., Poropat, G., Bosse, M. and Salisbury, S.W. 2017. A multidisciplinary approach to rapid data collection of the dinosaur tracksites in the Broome Sandstone (Valanginian–Barremian), Western Australia, Australia. Peer J, 5:e3013.

Leahey, L., R. E. Molnar, K. Carpenter, L. M. Witmer, and S. W. Salisbury. 2015. Cranial osteology of the ankylosaurian dinosaur formerly known as Minmi sp. (Ornithischia: Thyreophora) from the Lower Cretaceous Allaru Mudstone of Richmond, Queensland, Australia. PeerJ, e1475. DOI 10.7717/peerj.1475

Leahey, L.G., Salisbury, S.W. 2013. First evidence of ankylosaurian dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Thyreophora) from the 'mid'-Cretaceous (late Albian–Cenomanian) Winton Formation of Queensland, Australia. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 37, 249–257. pdf

Tucker, R.T., Roberts, E.M., Hu,Y., Kemp, A.I.S. and Salisbury. S.W. 2013. Detrital zircon age constraints for the Winton Formation, Queensland: contextualizing Australia's Late Cretaceous dinosaur faunas. Gondwana Research. 24(2), 767–779 pdf

Romilio, A., Tucker, R.T. and Salisbury, S.W. 2013. Re-evaluation 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. pdf + SI

Nair, J.P. and Salisbury, S.W. 2012. New anatomical information on Rhoetosaurus brownei Longman, 1926, a gravisaurian sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of Queensland, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32(2), 369–394. pdf + SIMorphoBank 

Romilio, A. & Salisbury, S.W. 2011. A reassessment of large theropod 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, 135-142. doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2010.11.003 pdf 

Herne, M. C., Nair, J. P. and Salisbury, S. W.  2010.  Comment on "A Southern Tyrant Reptile".  Science, 329, 1013-c, doi:10.1126/science.1190100. pdf

Angolin, F. L., Ezcurra, M. D., Pais, D. F. and Salisbury, S. W. 2010. A reappraisal of the Cretaceous non-avian dinosaur faunas from Australia and New Zealand: evidence for their Gondwanan affinities. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 8, 257-300. pdf

Wolff, E. D. S., Salisbury, S. W., Horner, J. R. and Varricchio, D. J. 2009. Common avian infection plagued the tyrant dinosaurs. PLoS ONE, 4(9), e7288. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0007288

Smith, N. D., P. J. Makovicky, F. L. Angolin, M. D. Ezcurra, D. F. Pais, and S. W. Salisbury. 2008. A Megaraptor-like theropod (Dinosauria: Tetanurae) in Australia: support for faunal exchange across eastern and western Gondwana in the mid-Cretaceous. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.0504:1-9. pdfESM

Leahey, L. Salisbury, S.W. and Molnar, R.E. 2007. Cranial osteology of Minmi sp., a basal ankylosaurid thyreophoran (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Early Cretaceous (Albian) Allaru Formation of Richmond, north-western Queensland, Australia. In Warren, A. (ed), 2007 Conference on Australian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics, 2007, Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts 85, p. 57.

Nair, J.P. and Salisbury, S.W. 2007.  Osteology and biomechanics of the crus and pes in Rhoetosaurus brownei Longman (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from the Middle Jurassic Injune Creek Group of Roma, south-western Queensland.  2007. In Warren, A. (ed), 2007 Conference on Australian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics, 2007, Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts 85, p. 58.

Salisbury, S. W., Molnar, R. E. & Lamanna, M. C. 2006. A new titanosauriform sauropod from the mid-Cretaceous (Albian-Cenomanian) Winton Formation of central-western Queensland, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 26 (Supplement to Number 4), 118A.

Stilwell, J. D., Consoli, C. P., Sutherland, R., Salisbury, S. W., Rich, T. H., Vickers Rich, P. A., Currie, P. J., Wilson, G. J. & 2006. Dinosaur sanctuary on the Chatham Islands, Southwest Pacific: first record of theropods from the K-T boundary Takatika Grit. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 230, 243-250. 

Molnar, R.E. & Salisbury, S.W. 2005. Observations on Cretaceous sauropods from Australia. 454-465 In Carpenter, K. & Tidwell, V. (eds). Thunder-Lizards: the sauropodomorph dinosaurs. Indiana University Press, Bloomingon, Indiana. 

Salisbury, S. W. 2005. A new vertebrate assemblage from the mid-Cretaceous (Albian-Cenomanian) Winton Formation, central-western Queensland. 10th Conference on Australian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics. Naracoorte Caves World Heritage Area, South Australia, 29 March ? 2 April 2005. Abstracts. 

Salisbury, S. W. 2003a. Clash of the titans: the world's largest dinosaurs. Nature Australia, 27 (7), 44-51. 

Salisbury, S. W. 2003b. Theropod teeth from the Lower Cretaceous Winton Formation, central-western Queensland, Australia. Conference on Australian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology, and Systematics, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, July 7-11 2003. Abstracts. 

Salisbury, S. W. 2003c. The fuzzy frontier: feathered dinosaurs and the origin of birds. Nature Australia, 27 (10), 34-43. 

Salisbury, S. W. 2002. A giant awakes. Australian Geographic, 65, 100-105.