AUSSIE DINO DIG reported in Sydney Morning Herald, 13 Aug 2010. A team of amateur and
professional dinosaur diggers are hoping to find even more dinosaur bones in a western Queensland site
where two Australian dinosaurs were found four years ago. The dinosaurs were named Australovenator
and Diamantinasaurus. Thought to be similar to Velociraptor, Australovenator has three large claws on
each hand, and Diamantinasaurus is described as a giant plant-eating dinosaur. The digging project is
being conducted by the Queensland Museum but recruits its members from the general public to help.
Palaeontologist Scott Hocknull commented: "You don't have to be a scientific boffin to go on these digs.
We're bringing in people who have never seen, dug or handled a dinosaur bone in their life and training
them to be modern paleontologists in a matter of weeks." He went on to explain that western
Queensland has many dinosaur fossils because it was once covered by an inland sea. He commented: "If you threw a dart at a map of western Queensland, I could find you a dinosaur site. A hundred million
years ago (central Queensland) was on a massive flood plain bigger than the Amazon ... depositing
hundreds of metres of sediment. So the bones of these animals accumulated in the flood debris. It's very
flat country but what's happened over the last 100 million years is ... it has slowly been eroded away."