Researchers Grouped The Biggest Dinosaur Species

Researchers Grouped The Biggest Species of Dinosaur

Researchers in Australia have grouped another type of dinosaur, found in 2007, as the biggest species ever found on the continent. 

The Australotitan cooperensis or “the southern titan”, is among the 15 biggest dinosaurs found around the world. 

Specialists said the titanosaur would have been up to 6.5m (21ft) tall and 30m long, or “up to a basketball court”. This is probably the biggest dinosaur species grouped by the researchers.

Its skeleton was first found on a farm in south-west Queensland. 

Scientists had worked over the previous decade to recognize the dinosaur – recognizing it from other known species by contrasting outputs of its bones with those of different sauropods. 

Sauropods were plant-eating dinosaurs known for their size. They had little heads, extremely long necks, long tails and thick, column-like legs. 

These dinosaurs wandered the mainland during the Cretaceous Period, around 92-96 million years prior. 

The group of analysts had nicknamed the dinosaur Cooper while chipping away at it, after the close by Cooper Creek where it was discovered. 

Scott Hocknull and Robyn Mackenzie pose with a 3D reconstruction and the humerus bone of Cooper[Eromanga Natural History Museum/Handout via Reuters]

The distinguishing interaction had been a protracted one because of the far off area of the bones and their size and fragile condition. 

Be that as it may, a large number of the remaining parts were discovered unblemished, said analysts from the Queensland Museum and the Eromanga Natural History Museum. 

The group discovered the Australotitan was firmly identified with three other sauropod species – the Wintonotitan, Diamantinasaurus and Savannasaurus. 

“It looks like Australia’s largest dinosaurs were all part of one big happy family,” said Dr Scott Hocknull, one of the lead analysts. 

The bones were first found in 2007 on a family ranch close to Eromanga , which was claimed by two of the dinosaur analysts, Robyn and Stuart Mackenzie. 

“It’s amazing to think from the first bones discovered by our son, the first digs with the Queensland Museum, through to the development of a not-for-profit museum that runs annual dinosaur digs, all have helped us to get to this point, it’s a real privilege,” Stuart Mackenzie said. 

Australia is one of the last frontiers for dinosaur discovery and Queensland is quickly cementing itself as the palaeo-capital of the nation – there is still plenty more to discover,” said Dr Jim Thompson, CEO of the Queensland Museum Network.

The Queensland state government welcomed the grouping on Tuesday-considering it an aid for nearby dinosaur disclosure.


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