Portland, Oregon 2021-06-09 08:56:24 –
Sydney (Reuters) -Scientists confirm the discovery of a new dinosaur species in Australia, one of the largest dinosaurs in the world, more than a decade after livestock farmers first discovered animal bones. ..
Plant-eating sauropods lived in the Cretaceous, 92 to 96 million years ago, when Australia belonged to Antarctica. According to a research treatise published on Monday.
Paleontologists estimated that the dinosaurs reached 16.4-21.32 feet in hips and 82-98.4 feet in length, the same length as a basketball court and the same height as a two-story building.
This makes the new species the largest dinosaur ever discovered in Australia, making it one of the top five in the world and joining the elite group of Titanosaurus, previously found only in South America.
“Such a discovery is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Scott Hocknull, a curator and paleontologist at the Queensland Museum.
Paleontologists named the dragon leg “Australia Couperensis”, “South Titan” and where the first bones of the creature were found at a cattle farm in Eromanga, Queensland in 2006. Combined the names of nearby streams.
The confirmation of the new species represents a 17-year long journey in which the dinosaurs first discovered and compared the more informally known “Cooper” bones with other discoveries.
Dinosaur bones are huge, heavy, fragile, and stored in museums around the world, making scientific research difficult.
The team at the Eromanga Natural History Museum and the Queensland Museum used new digital technology for the first time to 3D scan each bone for comparison.
“We had to compare the bones to the bones of Queensland and other species around the world to make sure that Australotitan was a different species,” Hocknull said. “This was a very long and painstaking task.”
Robin McKenzie, who, along with her husband Stuart, was collecting cows on their property when they discovered the bones, set up the Eromanga Natural History Museum to store the findings.
Further dinosaur skeletons have been discovered in the area, along with ledges believed to have been sauropod pathways, and complete scientific research awaits.
Paleontologist Mackenzie said, “Pareo tourism is growing globally and we look forward to increased international interest when the borders are reopened.”
Hocknull said he was waiting for larger specimens of dinosaurs to be discovered, given that plant-eating sauropods are commonly preyed on giant theropods.
“I found a few small theropod dinosaurs in Australia … but that wouldn’t bother Australia. It’s just not found yet.”
Report by Paulina Duran in Sydney.Edited by Jane Wardell
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