There’s been an endless sense of fascination with the dinosaurs and it is not some newfound love; our interest in one of the world’s most enigmatic yet dangerous mammals was first stoked by Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. To the nineties kid, it was a sort of movie that fired up our imagination, transporting us back to a world where long before there were any wild animals like the elephant, tiger or the lion, there was one merciless lord of the wild- the dinosaur!
And nearly three decades after the Michael Crichton-penned masterpiece was transported onto the big cinema screen to worldwide reverence and appreciation, our love affair with dinosaurs has still not ended. As a matter, of fact, if anything, it has only endured and increased with every passing decade.
How can that not be the case when, after all, there are scientists who, time and again, unearth something rather incredible and headline-making? Confused? Well, don’t be! Just consider this breaking piece of news from Australia!
Scientists have discovered what is being called Australia’s largest dinosaur and if you were to focus on the details of this mammoth creature, you’d know why its discovery is making headlines nearly everywhere?
So what was it about Australia’s largest dinosaur and what do we need to know?
For starters, among the things that has endeared dinosaurs to millions around the world is their towering physical frame- isn’t it? So there’s nothing too different with what’s being labeled Australia’s largest dinosaur.
Well, believe it or not, but Australia’s largest dinosaur was around two storey’s tall and of the size of basket ball court long (in height). In extreme proportions, it was around 98.4 feet tall in length. Talk of a giant monster and you have one here!
Here’s what the CNN news network noted about one of the most captivating pieces of insights from the heart of Australia:
The fossilized skeleton, nicknamed “Cooper,” was found in southwest Queensland in 2007, at Cooper Creek in the Eromanga Basin. But the skeleton remained a mystery for years, and has only now been scientifically described and named by paleontologists. Researchers at the Eromanga Natural History Museum (ENHM) and the Queensland Museum published their findings in the PeerJ scientific journal on Monday.”Cooper,” whose scientific name is Australotitan cooperensis, is estimated to have walked the Earth over 90 million years ago. It was a titanosaur — a plant-eating species belonging to the family of long-necked sauropods, the largest of the dinosaur species.The dinosaur is estimated to have reached a height of 5 to 6.5 meters (16.4 to 21.3 feet) at the hip, and a length of 25 to 30 meters (82 to 98.4 feet) — making it as long as a basketball court and as tall as a two-story building, the ENHM said.
That being said, while we aren’t really sure if we are going to see any forthcoming documentaries or books in the immediate future pertaining to Australia’s largest dinosaur, what is clear is that this is a development that will have tens of hundreds of takers around the world. It certainly deserves being given greater literary and cinematic attention. It’s about a dinosaur, after all- right!