The Australotitan cooperensis is known as the Southern Titan
There is much we don't know about the prehistoric world and paleontologists are always discovering new information. Each new fact uncovered, each new species found deep in the world captures the imagination of the world.
A team of scientists from the Queensland Museum and the Eromanga Natural History Museum in Australia have uncovered an incredible new species. The Australotitan cooperensis, known colloquially as the Southern Titan, ranks among the fifteen biggest dinosaur species ever found.
The dinosaur is a type of giant sauropod, which is a plant-eating subgroup characterized by their elongated necks, long tails and four trunk-like legs. The specimen is known by the scientists as "Cooper" because it was found on a farm in southwest Queensland, near Cooper Creek back in 2007. Based on its bone structure, the creature was believed to be 16 to 21 feet tall and measured up to 98 feet long,
Because many species of dinosaurs have similarities and mis-identifications have happened before, the team created a 3D computer model of the dinosaur based around the bones and compared them to similar species before confirming that they had in fact found a different species.
"Australotitan adds to the growing list of uniquely Australian dinosaur species discovered in Outback Queensland," Scott Hocknull, a vertebrate palaeoecologist at the Queensland Museum and one of the lead scientists of the new study, said in a statement.
This discovery is part of a 20-year study of Australian dinosaur species, which included a rock shelf spanning more than 300 feet that Hocknull said "represents a sauropod pathway, where the dinosaurs walked along trampling mud and bones into the soft ground."
"Discoveries like this are just the tip of the iceberg," he said. "Our ultimate goal is to find the evidence that tells the changing story of Queensland, hundreds of millions of years in the making."