A gigantic dinosaur discovered in Australia’s outback has been identified as a new species and recognised as one of the largest to ever roam the Earth, according to palaeontologists.
The Australotitan cooperensis, part of the titanosaur family that lived about 100 million years ago, has finally been named and described 15 years after its bones were first uncovered.
It is estimated to have stood at 5-6.5 metres high and measured 25-30 metres in length － which would make it Australia’s biggest dinosaur.
"Based on the preserved limb size comparisons, this new titanosaur is estimated to be in the top five largest in the world," said Robyn Mackenzie, a director of the Eromanga Natural History Museum.
The fossilised bones were found on Mackenzie’s family farm in 2006 about 1,000 kilometres west of Brisbane in the Eromanga Basin.
outback︰澳洲內陸、邊疆地區。例句︰Most aborigines took refuge in the barren outback.（大部分的原住民避居於荒蕪的內陸地帶。）
palaeontologist：名詞，古生物學家。例句：The palaeontologist claimed that he had found a unique dinosaur fossil.（這位古生物學家聲稱，他已發現了一塊罕見的恐龍化石。）
roam：動詞，漫遊、閒逛。例句：Herds of cattle roamed at will over the plain.（牛群在平原上自由自在地走動。）