10:47 AM PDT, June 9, 2021
A new dinosaur species, named Australotitan cooperensis, was recently found in Australia.
The specimen, nicknamed “the southern titan,” is estimated to have been between 16 – 21 feet tall and 98 feet long, making it the largest dinosaur ever found in Australia and is among the 15 largest dinosaur specimens worldwide.
The titan species is a type of giant sauropod — a plant-eating subgroup with long necks, long tails, and four trunk-like legs — is thought to have lived during the Cretaceous Period, which is around 92 – 96 million years ago.
The scientists share in their study that the Australotitan is closely related to 3 other sauropods found in the area.
According to a press release, this is one of many uniquely Australian species that have been found during the researchers 20 year study.