They named it Cooper, after the area where it was discovered, Cooper Creek. He lived between 96 and 92 million years ago in what is now Queensland, Australia, when the Australian continent was still united with Antarctica. It was 25-30 meters long (like a basketball court) and could weigh up to 74 tons, nine African elephants combined. The scientific name he gave him is Australutean coprensis It is the largest dinosaur found in Australia. Despite its two enormous dimensions, it is not the largest dinosaur ever found, and some specimens discovered in Argentina twelve years ago were even more massive. But Cooper is among 10-15 of the greats.
In fact, its remains were extracted from desert soils in the southwest corner of Queensland in 2007 by Robin and Stuart MacKenzie, but have only now been studied by paleontologists and geologists at the Queensland Museum and Natural History Museum. The work was published in the scientific journal Peer J .. The bones were very fragile and damaged and all were scanned and reproduced in 3D so that you could study them better without damaging them.
Cooper was a herbivorous reptile, that is, he was part of a distinct group of dinosaurs compared to the theropod carnivores (such as the famous Tyrannosaurus) from which modern birds would have arisen. According to scientists, there are still many dinosaur remains that can be found in the red rocks of the Eromanga region, which also preserve fossilized footprints of a 100-meter track.
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