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Palaeontology

Australia's largest known dinosaur unearthed

June 7, 2021 | Comment icon 6 comments



Image Credit: Vlad Konstantinov / Queensland and Eromanga Natural History museums
An absolutely gargantuan dinosaur - the largest ever found in Australia - has been unearthed in Queensland.
Measuring up to 30 meters in length, this enormous prehistoric giant - nicknamed Cooper - was originally discovered at Cooper Creek in the Eromanga Basin all the way back in 2007.

"Such big, fragile bones literally took years to prepare and clean," said field palaeontologist Robyn Mackenzie.

Thought to have lived between 92 and 96 million years ago, it is not only the largest known dinosaur ever found in Australia but also one of the largest dinosaurs to have ever walked the Earth.

Officially named Australotitan cooperensis, it was a species of Titanosaur - a group of enormous herbivorous quadrupeds characterized by their extremely long necks and tails.
There is in fact evidence to suggest that this particular individual may have been trampled by other sauropods after it had died, based on the crush marks evident on its bones.

"We came across a trample zone, which is basically trampled mud that has solidified and hardened into a rock shelf," said palaeontologist Dr Scott Hocknull of Queensland Museum.

"We know that they were actually wandering in the environment. It wasn't just the bones getting washed in and preserved in mud."

Another, potentially larger specimen - nicknamed George - is also currently being studied after being discovered in Eromanga, however it may be some years before it can be formally described.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (6)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by HandsomeGorilla 8 months ago
Lmao #Straya That's an interesting unit of measure What shall we use for new dinosaur species in the states? "It weighed the equivalent of 600 Walmart shoppers" 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Manwon Lender 8 months ago
Yea that is dam funny, I just don't know what those people were thinkI got man! 
Comment icon #3 Posted by jethrofloyd 8 months ago
Or.......it weighted the wquivalent of 32.000 duck-billed platypus. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Manwon Lender 8 months ago
Come on guys I didn't write that dumb statement, I only posted that dumb statement, I am so confused!!  
Comment icon #5 Posted by bigjonalien 8 months ago
Awesome. Least it's not another giant wombat.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Manwon Lender 8 months ago
No this little beauty was a terror in his day.


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