About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2014 Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Award
1st Place - Anthony Romillio
I grew up in a small farming village on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, that nurtured a strong passion for nature and living things. By the age of five, my interest in animals was very strong such that I was convinced that I would become a veterinarian. However, I found palaeontology gave me the opportunity to learn greater aspects of living organisms in the context of species types and evolutionary processes than was available by researching extant taxa.
I attended the University of New England in Armidale, Australia and completed a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Zoology. After working for several years as a research assistant at the University of Sydney, Australia, my deepening interest in dinosaurs lead me to do volunteer work at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, in Alberta, Canada. This interest ultimately lead to me conducting PhD studies on ornithopod fossil footprints from Cretaceous Australia at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.
Part of my PhD study included a reassessment of the dinosaur tracksite known as Lark Quarry, central-western Queensland, Australia, famously regarded as containing evidence of a dinosaur stampede. Perhaps surprisingly, the original 1984 research neglected to show any stampede trackways. I addressed this issue, and included 3D track data that lead to new insights into dinosaur trackmaker pedal kinematics (even showing some Lark Quarry dinosaur trackmakers were swimming), and new ichnotaxonomic reevaluation.
I am deeply honored to have this work published in JVP and in winning first place in the 2014 Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Since completing my doctorate at UQ, I am using the monetary prize of this award to further my current investigation of the highly diverse and numerous dinosaur ichnofauna of the Broome Sandstone, in Western Australia.
Article: Romilio, A., Tucker, R.T. and Salisbury, S.W. 2013. Re-evaluation of the Lark Quarry dinosaur tracksite (late Albian–Cenomanian Winton Formation, central-western Queensland, Australia): no longer a stampede? Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Photograph courtesy of Dr Steve W. Salisbury