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Select a giant dinosaur: “As long as a basketball court”

As of: 06/08/2021 12:05 PM

Using a dinosaur skeleton found in Australia in 2006, paleontologists have now identified a new species of dinosaur. Experts have called it “Australutean cuprensis” – but those who find it call it “Cooper”.

Paleontologists have used a dinosaur skeleton found in Australia in 2006 to identify a previously unknown type of dinosaur. The experts published a study in the journal “Berg” about what is probably the largest species of dinosaur in the fifth continent. The giant dinosaur belongs to the titanosaur family and lived about 95 million years ago.

Reaching 30 meters in length and six meters in height from the floor to the waist, this animal is a real giant of the Cretaceous period. Bones of herbivores were discovered 15 years ago in southwest Queensland. Now it got an official name: Australotitan coprensis.

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“The exciting thing for us is that we are now putting our hats on the ring while we identify the world’s largest dinosaurs,” said paleontologist Scott Hocknall of the Queensland Museum in the Sydney Morning Herald. Although it is not the largest dinosaur in the world, it is certainly among the top ten.

Before, titanosaurs were found mainly in South America, and now Australia also belongs to this “elite group”, the media reported. In order to illustrate the unimaginable dimensions of the giant, the paper used a comparison: The Australasian cuprinsis “has been as long as a basketball court and two stories high,” she said. When sauropods inhabited the Earth, today Australia still belonged to the great continent of Gondwana.

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Dr. Scott Hocknall and Robin McKenzie stand with a 3D reconstruction of the humerus of “Cooper”, a new species of dinosaur discovered in Queensland that is believed to be the largest dinosaur ever found in Australia.

Photo: via Reuters

A dinosaur named “Cooper”

Paleontologist Robin McKenzie and her husband Stewart reportedly came across dinosaur bones while collecting livestock on their land in 2006. “We didn’t think we were dealing with the biggest animal in Australia and one of the biggest in the world,” ABC television told the McKinsey newspaper. . They called the giant “Cooper” because they discovered it near the village of Copper Creek. It took many years after that for all the bones to be excavated, assembled and identified by experts.

Among other things, Hocknall explained, the latest 3D models have been created using the latest technology. Experts from Down Under are now hoping for an even bigger sensation: In other parts of the world, where giant herbivorous dinosaurs have been found, theropods have also been discovered — giant carnivores on two legs. Hawknoll is convinced that there is a huge predatory dinosaur somewhere. “We just haven’t found it yet.”