Fossil skeleton nicknamed “Cooper” was discovered in 2007 in Cooper Creek in the Iromanga Basin, in southwestern Queensland. But the skeleton has been a mystery for many years, and now it has been scientifically described and named by paleontologists.
Researchers at the Eromanga Museum of Natural History (ENHM) and the Queensland Museum published their findings in the Birge Science Journal on Monday.
“Cooper,” whose scientific name is the Astralotian Coopernesis, is estimated to have occurred on Earth 90 million years ago. Titanosaur – The largest of the dinosaur species, a plant-eating species belonging to the family of long-necked sorbots.
The dinosaur’s waist is estimated to reach 5 to 6.5 meters (16.4 to 21.3 feet) in height and 25 to 30 meters (82 to 98.4 feet) in length – a basketball court and a two-story building, ENHM said.
With its long neck and tail, it may resemble the more famous Prachiosaurus.
Robin McKenzie, co-founder of the Iromanga Museum of Natural History, said a team of paleontologists was able to quickly establish the size of a large species of bone fragments.
“The pieces were very large and chunky,” he said. “Able to measure bones and compare with Australia and other parts of the world.”
Many large pieces, including the dinosaur’s shoulder blades, hip bones and limbs, were often intact. However, the researchers faced delays in identifying the species due to the challenges in managing its large and fragile bones.
The enormous amount of bones they have are stored in museums hundreds of miles away from each other.
So the team used 3D technology to scan every bone of the Titanosaur, which allowed the bones to be digitally compared to similar creatures.
The astronaut was found to be closely related to three Australian robots found further north in the city of Windon.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg for innovation in Australia,” he said. “This has opened a new dinosaur frontier.”