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Yalibirri – Walking with Dinosaurs

Emu foot Dromaius novaehollandiae Monkey Mia Shark Bay Western Australia

When camping at Monkey Mia it is hard to miss the Emus wandering around the grounds looking for anything edible – or seemingly edible. Regarded by many as a nuisance, for nature lovers as us they offer the perfect opportunity to study them a bit better.

Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae Monkey Mia Shark Bay Western Australia

What strikes me most about these big birds is their peculiar body structure that is considered by paleontologists as similar to theropods – giant three-toed dinosaurs that roamed the earth in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Their feet are very similar to dinosaur feet, and while looking at them walking it’s impossible not to think of their ancestors with toes curling back first and  spreading out again just before planting their foot –  no wonder Hollywood used emus when creating Tyrannosaurus Rex for Jurassic Park!

Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae Monkey Mia Shark Bay Western Australia

5 Comments

  1. Girl Gone Expat says

    I would never have guessed that the foot belongs to an emu! I was definitely thinking dinosaur when I saw the picture. I can understand why Hollywood used the emus when creating T-Rex:)

  2. That definitely looks like a scaly dinosaur foot! What a neat shot. I am new to your blog but I can see I will be visiting often. I love all of your wildlife posts. 🙂

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