The previously unknown dinosaur species was identified in 2006 based on a dinosaur skeleton found in Australia. Australian archaeologists on Monday published a study of the largest dinosaur species on the Fifth Continent in the journal Birge. Thus the Astralotian coexistence belonged to the Titanosaur family and lived about a hundred million years ago. Using 3D scan samples of the bones, the dinosaur skeleton was compared to its closest relatives.
Australia’s largest dinosaur
The reptile has reached a size of five to six and a half meters and is estimated to be 25 to 30 meters long – making it the largest dinosaur in Australia. “Based on the size of the remaining legs, this new titanosaur is estimated to be one of the five largest in the world,” said Robin McKenzie, director of the Iromanga Natural History Museum in Queensland.
Fossil bones were found on McKenzie’s family farm about 1,000 kilometers west of Brisbane. The dinosaur skeleton was nicknamed “Cooper”. The discovery was first made public in 2007.