- A dinosaur found in Australia is now one of the 15 largest in the world.
- “The southern titan” is 16 feet tall and a little under 100 feet long.
- Scientists categorized it as a new species believed to have lived 92 to 96 million years ago.
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A 16 foot tall and almost 100-foot long dinosaur was discovered in Australia, making it the largest found in the country.
The skeleton was discovered in 2007 and is now a new classified species, called Australotitan cooperensis.
Australotitan or “the southern titan” is one the 15 largest dinosaur specimens found in the world and was documented in a study published Monday in the science journal PeerJ.
“Australotitan adds to the growing list of uniquely Australian dinosaur species discovered in Outback Queensland, and just as importantly showcases a totally new area for dinosaur discovery in Australia,” Scott Hocknull, one of the lead scientists of the new study, said in a press release.
The fossil was initially nicknamed “Cooper” since it was discovered on a farm near Cooper Creek in southwest Queensland.
The report said the species likely lived during the Cretaceous Period, somewhere between 92 to 96 million years ago, and were a type of giant sauropod, a group of herbivores that had very long necks, long tails, small heads, and four thick, pillar-like legs.
Late last year, scientists were puzzled by another dinosaur discovery: a species that had long hair and stiff ribbon-like structures coming from its shoulders.
It was named Ubijara jubatus. Scientists think it lived around 110 million years ago in northeastern Brazil.