- Experts identified a new species of dinosaur discovered in 2007 as the largest dinosaur ever identified in Australia.
- Titanosaurs were the biggest known land-dwelling animals.
- The researchers gave the dinosaur the name Cooper for the adjacent Cooper Creek where it was discovered.
In a study, experts identified a new species of dinosaur discovered in 2007 as the largest dinosaur ever identified in Australia. The huge sauropod Australotitan cooperensis, sometimes known as “the southern titan,” is one of the world’s top 15 dinosaurs.
According to the study’s authors, Rochelle Lawrence, senior research assistant, and Scott Hocknull, senior curator, geosciences at Queensland Museum, Australotitan are now the largest known species from Australia.
As the research report stated:
The research report stated, “The new titanosaurian is the largest dinosaur from Australia as indicated by osteological remains and based on limb-size comparisons, it attained a size similar to that of the huge titanosaurians. From South America.”
Titanosaurs were the last surviving:
According to researchers, titanosaurs were the biggest known land-dwelling animals and the final surviving group of long-necked sauropods. According to experts, Australia would have been “as long as a basketball court,” or up to 6.5m (21ft) tall and 30m long.
As the Queensland Museum Tweeted:
“Say welcome to Australotitan cooperensis — the Southern Titan, Australia’s largest dinosaur and newest species! Cooper, who is as long as a basketball court, has also been scientifically identified and named by palaeontologists from the Queensland Museum and @EromangaNHM.
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Lawrence and Hocknull stated:
The continent’s largest dinosaur skeleton was discovered by the Mackenzie property owners on a farm in southwest Queensland and excavated with the Queensland Museum.
The researchers gave the dinosaur the name Cooper for the adjacent Cooper Creek where it was discovered. According to Lawrence and Hocknull, Cooper’s discovery contributed to establishing the Eromanga Natural History Museum.
Lawrence and Hocknull stated in the museum’s blog post:
The identifying process was said to take a long time due to the bones’ isolated location, size, and fragile condition. However, many fossils were discovered intact.
According to Lawrence and Hocknull in a museum blog post, the team employed modern digital technology to photograph each bone in 3-D and compare it to the bones of its nearest relatives for the first time.
The image tweeted by Lawrence:
“As we #BehindtheScenes of this enormous voyage, meet #Australotitan, Australia’s largest #dinosaur.
On the 2007 dinosaur dig at Eromanga, the field team with ‘Cooper’s jacketed femur @qldmuseum @EromangaNHM, “Lawrence shared a photo of the excavation site on Twitter.