Bones con­firm di­nosaur claim

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ANAL­Y­SIS of 100 mil­lionyear- old di­nosaur bones from a sheep sta­tion in Rich­mond has con­firmed the Aus­tralian di­nosaur, Aus­trosaurus mckil­lopi, to be a dis­tinct species.

The new re­search, pub­lished in the Alcheringa jour­nal of palaeon­tol­ogy, puts to bed spec­u­la­tion about the di­nosaur’s ex­is­tence. Swin­burne palaeon­tol­o­gist Dr Stephen Poropat said be­fore the new re­search not enough was known about or had been found of Aus­trosaurus mckil­lopi, caus­ing fel­low palaeon­tol­o­gists to of­ten ques­tion if the di­nosaur fos­sil was unique and de­served a species name.

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