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Victoria 3800 Australia.
The Early Cretaceous Dinosaur Dreaming site
was discovered in 1991 when more than 20
fossil bones were found in a conglomerate layer
on the rocky shore platform near Inverloch on
the Bass Coast of Victoria, south-east of
Melbourne. Annual field trips to the Flat Rocks
site began in 1994 and continued until 2013 - a
total of 20 consecutive digs, making it the
longest running dinosaur dig in Australia. The
rock layer in which these fossils are buried was
once the bed of an ancient river channel that
flowed across the great rift valley between
Australia and Antarctica.
Over 20 years of excavating resulted in the collection of more than 15,000 bones and teeth belonging to animals that lived in the river, such as turtles, plesiosaurs and fish, while others are the remains of those who roamed the floodplain, including dinosaurs, mammals, birds and pterosaurs. Over time the name Dinosaur Dreaming encompassed other fossil localities along the Bass Coast where the remains of ancient animals like giant amphibians and primitive horned dinosaurs were found.
In 2006 the Dinosaur Dreaming crew also began excavating at the site along the Otway Coast, south-west of Melbourne, where a partial dinosaur skeleton was found in 2005. The site, later called Eric the Red West, showed great potential and in 2014 it was decided to cease annual excavations at the Flat Rocks site near Inverloch and concentrate solely on the Eric the Red West site, near the Cape Otway lighthouse.
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