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Corner. Ramsay Bvd. & The Esplanade, Inverloch 3996. Victoria.
Visiting the Inverloch Dinosaur Dig Site
Dinosaur Dreaming at Inverloch is Victoria’s most productive Dinosaur dig site.
From its discovery in 1991 to the most recent dig in February 2013, some 15,000 bones have been collected from the fossil layer.
The site is near The Caves, between Inverloch and Cape Paterson. From Inverloch, drive along the Coast Road towards Cape Paterson. After Flat Rocks and the RACV resort, The Caves is next on the left. Eagles Nest is further on.
What to look for
Genuine Dinosaur bones can be difficult to recognise, and are easily confused with other objects such as plant remains, chemical concretions and other natural features in the rock.
Bones are often brown coloured, and usually show either the smooth exterior of the shaft or the spongy bone marrow when exposed by erosion.
Try your luck at finding the Inverloch Dinosaur Footprint! It’s on the shore platform about 100m north of the stairs at The Caves.
Organised Dinosaur Hunting
During school holidays, visits to the site are organised through the Bunurong Environment Centre. On a supervised search with an expert Palaeontologist you will see the main Dig Site , the Dinosaur footprint, the Caves, earthquake fault lines, big fossil trees and lava from the volcanic intrusion. With patience and luck, you may even find a Dinosaur bone!
If You Find Something
On an organised Field Trip, your discovery will be transferred to Museum Victoria for analysis and identification. You the finder will receive a Certificate of Discovery, and your find will become part of the permanent collection at the Museum.
If you find something while searching the coastline on your own, please follow these three guidelines;
- Leave it there; don’t risk damaging it by removing it without specialised equipment
- Remember where you found it; take photos or record the GPS location.
- Report your find to the Bunurong Environment Centre and a Palaeontologist will arrange to identify it for you.
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Many of the coastal cliffs are unstable and should not be climbed, or used for shelter. Rockfalls are common and can occur without warning.
Please be alert for unexpected big waves on shore platforms. Be aware of tide movements, otherwise you could be trapped in a remote location by the rising tide.
Rock surfaces can be slippery and care should be taken at all times.
Dinosaur claw discovery
EXCITEMENT broke out among geology students from Wonthaggi Secondary College who discovered a 115 million year old dinosaur claw at the Inverloch dinosaur dig site on Thursday.
Year 8 students Cameron Scales, Ayden Machell and their mates dug a large rock out from the sand when Cameron spotted something unusual when they broke it open.
He showed the object to palaeontologist Mike Cleeland, who suspected it was an ornithopod dinosaur claw.
An immediate search took place for the other half of the broken rock, and Ayden soon retrieved it.
The complete claw is about 3cm long and was presented to dig manager Lesley Kool on Saturday.
“It’s most probably an ungual phalange, or claw, from one of the herbivorous ornithopod dinosaurs known from this area, possibly Qantassaurus,” she said.
The specimen has been transferred to Museum Victoria for expert preparation, which involves removal of the encasing rock and extraction of the entire claw to allow positive identification.
Cameron and Ayden will then receive a certificate of discovery, recognising their role in the ongoing research into Victoria’s lower Cretaceous dinosaurs.
The first dinosaur bone ever found in Australia was a similar claw, found nearby at Eagles Nest by geologist William Ferguson on May 7, 1903.
Year 8 students Cameron Scales, Ayden Machell.
Dig crew members need to be aged 18 or over, and must be prepared to work in exposed conditions.
For more information and an application form contact the MV Discovery Centre;