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Australia's Largest Dinos?

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BRISBANE, Australia -- Scientists unveiled bones from two 82-foot behemoths they said were the largest dinosaurs ever found in Australia.

Fossilized bones from the two titanosaurs were found in 2005 and 2006 by ranchers near the town of Eromanga, 600 miles west of the Queensland state capital, Brisbane.

They were put on display for the first time at the Queensland Museum on Thursday after a long period of excavation and scientific identification.

"These are the largest bones ever discovered in Australia," museum curator Scott Hocknull told reporters. The biggest of the bones -- a humerus, from a foreleg -- measures 5 feet long and weighs 220 pounds.

"They would have been about two buses in length," Hocknull said of the animals.

Titanosaurs are among the largest of the prehistoric animals known as sauropods -- long-necked, long-tailed plant-eating dinosaurs that existed during the Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods between 100 million and 200 million years ago. Their bones are found all over the world.

Hocknull said the two recent finds -- nicknamed Cooper and George -- indicated the animals were about 23 feet longer than the previous biggest reported titanosaur whose remains were found in Australia, also in Queensland in 1999.

Rancher Stuart Mackenzie said he stumbled across the first bone while mustering cattle on a motorbike on his property two years ago.

"The very first bone we found was the most exciting because until you actually have it verified by the museum you don't actually know you've got a bone, you just think it's a rock," Mackenzie said.

"From then on it's just ballooned. ... We've found more sites and then we've stumbled across this one, and it was the daddy of them all," he said, referring to the humerus find.

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Two buses long? Isn't T-Rex that big? Probably bigger?

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Two buses long? Isn't T-Rex that big? Probably bigger?

From what I read on other threads, T-Rex is around 40 to 45 feet in length

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Holy Crap,

I'm not too educated on Dinosaurs at all....But that will all change today!

I didn't realize that Dinosaurs were that big.....Could you imagine a living creature 82 feet tall?!

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It has been estimated that some titanosaurs, like Argentinosaurus and Seismosaurus could of surpassed lengths of 150 feet!

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Well, I think the 82-foot measurement refers to the length of the dinosaur, not the height...

Still a massive beast, though.

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nearly the length of brachiosaurus........

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Two buses long? Isn't T-Rex that big? Probably bigger?

43ft was common for a Rex.

nearly the length of brachiosaurus........

No, Brachiosaurus was about 10 feet shorter.

Edited by sadistic jellyfish of doom

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