SYDNEY (Reuters) – Scientists have confirmed the discovery of a new dinosaur species in Australia. which is one of the largest dinosaurs in the world More than a decade after cattle farmers first discovered animal bones.
The herbivorous sauropods lived in the Cretaceous between 92 million and 96 million years ago, when Australia bordered Antarctica, according to research published Monday.
Paleontologists estimate the dinosaur was 16.4-21.32 feet tall at the hip and 82-98.4 feet long, making it the same length as a basketball court and the height of a two-story building.
That makes the new species the largest dinosaur ever found in Australia. and made it in the top five in the world. It joins the elite group of titanosaurs previously only discovered in South America.
“Discovery like this is just a small part. of the iceberg,” said Scott Hochnal, Queensland Museum curator and paleontologist.
Paleontologists have named sauropods “Australotitan cooperensis,” which combines “Southern Titan” with its name, a creek near where the animal’s bones were found in 2006 on a cattle plantation in Eromanga, Queensland.
The confirmation of this new species is a journey of more than seventeen years to its initial discovery. They then compared the bones of “Cooper,” since the dinosaur was unofficially known to other discoveries.
Dinosaur bones are large, heavy, and fragile and are kept in museums around the world. This makes scientific studies difficult.
A team from the Eromanga Museum of Natural History and the Queensland Museum used new digital technology for the first time to 3D scan each bone for comparison.
“To make sure Australotitan are different species We need to compare its bones with the bones of other species. from Queensland and around the world,” Hocknull said. “This is a long and painstaking work.”
Robyn Mackenzie was gathering cattle with her husband Stuart on their property when they discovered the bones. The Eromanga Museum of Natural History was founded as a place to discover.
A group of additional dinosaur skeleton discoveries in the area, along with stone shelves believed to be the sauropod trail. Still waiting for a full scientific study.
Mackenzie, a field paleontologist, said: “Paleo tourism is huge all over the world. So we expect a lot of international attention when our borders reopen.”
Hocknull said larger dinosaur specimens are awaiting discovery. This is because herbivorous sauropods generally prey on large theropods.
“We found a few small theropod dinosaurs in Australia … but it wouldn’t bother. Australotitan Which shows that there was a very large predatory dinosaur somewhere there. We haven’t been able to find it yet.”
Reporting by Paulina Duran in Sydney; Edited by Jane Wardell