Recently, a team of scientists has discovered the fossil of an ancient dinosaur buried in the sandstone at the edge of Bass Strait in southeastern Australia. This creature reportedly walked on two legs, was about as big as a turkey, and only ate plants. He may have died when a large, ancient river swept it away. On Thursday, a team of paleontologists said that the Diluvicursor pickeringi dinosaur lived about 113 million years ago. Apart from this, its fossil sheds some light on the other species of dinosaurs that lived in Australia during the Cretaceous Period. Back then, the land was still connected to Antarctica.
According to paleontologist Matthew Herne, to find fossils of dinosaurs in Australia is an extremely rare event. So far, only 19 such beasts have been named. It’s interesting that the scientists found this recent fossil among many fossilized tree trunks. This may have happened because of a flood that swept away a multitude of things, including this dinosaur.
A rare dinosaur fossil from Australia
It seems that this dinosaur measured about 7 ½ feet and if we are to compare with a living creature, it was about the size of a large turkey. Still, it was longer because of its tail. The experts know this because the fossil had its tail almost complete. Some of the dinosaurs that lived alongside it were flesh-eating ones along with turtles, mammals, flying reptiles and armored dinosaurs.
It’s interesting that the Diluvicursor might have a relative that was similar in size and behavior with it, the Leaellynasaura. They lived during the same time and what’s even more interesting is that experts have found its remains about 9 miles away. Still, they were similar but not identical. They probably ate different plants and even looked slightly different. Herne is now trying to find out hoe the climate was during those times. Was it cold, with ice, or was it more temperate?
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