We thought we’d try and break the 24-7 Covid-19 news-cycle with an update about our replica dinosaur tracks.

Just before the world went into lockdown, the team at the UQ Dino Lab managed to get all the replicas finished and packed in a purpose-built crate. And literally the day before The University of Queensland began to send everyone home, managed to get that crate on a truck bound for Broome!

It’s not exactly an ‘essential services delivery’, but we very much hope that truck makes it through all the border checks on its way across the continent.

In the meantime, we’ll complete our set of posts about each of the tracks we’ve had replicated, and take you through the different steps in the replication process.

PhD student Jorgo Ristevski takes a break from fossil crocodilians to help carefully pack all the completed track replicas

PhD student Jorgo Ristevski takes a break from fossil crocodilians to help carefully pack all the completed track replicas.

dinosaur tracks all snug in bubble wrap and ready to put a lid on

All snug and ready to put a lid on.

the lid has been put on the dinosaur track box and is now locked and loaded

Locked and loaded!

UQ Dino Lab volunteer Francisco Rosales attaches castor wheels to the crate to help get it out the door

UQ Dino Lab volunteer Francisco Rosales attaches castor wheels to the crate to help get it out the door.

At around 2.2 x 1.2 x 0.3 m and 100+ kg, the crate is not the easiest box to handle.

the dinosaur tracks box being loaded into the truck

Loaded, complete with special Megalosauropus broomensis ‘stamps’.