According to paleontologists, the new giant sauropod species is among the top 15 largest dinosaurs in the world and belongs to the titanosaur group.
“This is a huge fantastic beast. Imagine someone the size of a basketball court walking on land,”the researchers said. The giant lived on the plains of present-day Queensland between 92-96 million years ago, when the Australian continent was still annexed to Antarctica, and fed on plants.
Cooper's bones had to be compared with all other sauropod species scattered in museums around the world and known both in Australia and abroad. In this case, the scientists were helped by digital 3D scanning technology, thanks to which thousands of kilograms of the remains of the Australotitan cooperensis were placed in the laptop's memory.
As it turns out, all four sauropods that lived in Australia during the same period are more closely related to each other than to dinosaurs found in other regions. But, apparently, they evolved in different ways and, as a result, occupied different habitats.
In the course of excavations, paleontologists found the remains of another, but smaller sauropod - they were, as it were, carved into the rock. Apparently, his skeleton was trampled by other dinosaurs. “Hopefully this will attract people from overseas to Queensland to see the amazing discoveries we have made in this part of Australia,” concluded Robin McKenzie.