The Australotitan cooperensis has ultimately been identified and termed 15 years after its bones were first found.
A massive dinosaur found in Australia’s desert has been seen as a new species. It makes a recognition as one of the biggest to ever wander the Earth. This is according to fossilists.
The Australotitan cooperensis is a part of the titanosaur family and lived about 100 million years ago. It has ultimately made identification and is known 15 years after its bones were discovered.
A few characteristics of the huge dinosaur are mention as follows –
- Estimates of height are at 5-6.5 metres (16-21 feet) high.
- Measured 25-30 metres (82-98 feet) in length – which would make it Australia’s largest dinosaur.
“On the basis of the preserved limb size comparisons, this latest titanosaur is likely to be in the top five leading in the globe,” says Robyn Mackenzie. He is a director of the Eromanga Natural History Museum.
The findings of petrified bones were on Mackenzie’s family farm in 2006. It is about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) west of Brisbane in the Eromanga Basin and nicknamed “Cooper”.
Originally kept secret as researchers painstakingly dug up and studied the bones. The skeleton initially went on display to the community in 2007.
Scott Hocknull is a palaeontologist at Queensland Museum. He says it had been a “very lengthy and painstaking mission” to verify the Australotitan was a new species.
The study, which depends on 3D scan models of bones in order to evaluate the dinosaur with its close ancestors. The publication was in the peer-reviewed PeerJ journal on Monday.
There is a new discovery on various other dinosaur skeletons in the same region, Hocknull says. He also adds that more effort is necessary as “findings like these since they are just the tip of the iceberg”.