Australia’s largest dinosaur found in southwestern Queensland

After 14 years of excavation, paleontologists have officially confirmed that Titan-sized dinosaurs once crossed Australia after a couple discovered a dinosaur skeleton in an erotic manga in southwest Queensland in 2007. I did.

Dinosaurs — now officially named Australotitan cooperensis—It is the same length as a basketball court (25 to 30 meters) and 5 to 6.5 meters high, which is equivalent to the height of a two-story house. The behemoth weighs 74 tonnes, or is estimated to be nine African elephants, making it one of the top 10 to 15 elephants in the world.

Dinosaurs lived in the Late Cretaceous (92-96 million years ago).

Jim Thompson, CEO of the Queensland Museum Network, states that Australia is one of the last frontiers of dinosaur discovery.

“Australia was at the beginning of the dinosaur rush in the early 2000s, and many important new species of dinosaurs and megafauna have been discovered in the last two decades,” he said.

However, he said Queensland is rapidly consolidating its position as the ancient capital of the country and needs more discoveries.

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Dinosaurs are now officially called Australotitan Cooperensis. (Eromanga Natural History Museum)

Scott Hocknull, a paleontologist at the Queensland Museum, also believes.

“Our ultimate goal is to find evidence that tells the history of Queensland, which has changed over hundreds of millions of years. A magnificence that all scientists, museums and tourists can lag behind. Story.

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Models of Scott Hocknar, Robin McKenzie and the dinosaur skeleton and its appearance. (Eromanga Natural History Museum)

Robin McKenzie Eromanga Natural History MuseumAnd her husband, Stuart Mackenzie, knew that when he stumbled on a bone while keeping a cow, he noticed something special, which was Australia’s first Titan dinosaur. I’m excited to confirm.

The museum is currently working on an oversized gallery of 3D-printed skeletons for display, but the original skeletons will be carefully exhibited elsewhere in the gallery.

Robin emphasized that it is important that the discovery remains in the context of the region.

“In the past, there were places where they moved and missed the social, economic and scientific benefits of the findings remaining in the area,” she said.

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Eromanga Natural History Museum where Cooper’s bones are exhibited (Eromanga Natural History Museum)

Queensland’s Prime Minister Anastasia Palastsk said the new discovery is an opportunity for the state to accelerate its economic recovery.

“Dinosaur tourism has great potential to create jobs and generate millions of dollars for businesses in western Queensland,” she said. “This discovery and scientific discovery will push Queensland on the map as one of the world’s leading destinations for dinosaur tourism.”

Queensland Tourism Minister Sterling Hinchirif said the Palasutsk government has promised nearly $ 500,000 over three years to develop dinosaur tourism in the Queensland hinterland.

“Ultimately, dinosaur tourism wants Queensland to be on the international paleontology visitor map,” he said.

Scientific research published in journal Peer J..

AAP contributed to this report.

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