Monday, September 15, 2008

Dig discovers new dinosaur bones

Scientists say that a DIG for dinosaur bones in western Queensland may have discovered a new species.

The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Institute has done a two-week dig at a remote sheep and cattle station close to Winton, somewhere a 20-metre sauropod, dubbed Matilda, was uncovered three years ago. Institute chairman David Elliott said the fossils found in the most recent dig were up to 98 million years old.

Mr Elliott said that "We took back two ute fulls of bones". As they're small bones we don't consider they belong to Matilda. "We're expectant it's something wholly unique but we won't know whatever thing until six to eight months' time."

Mr Elliott said more of Matilda's bones were as well retrieved. He also said that "We're looking at one of the main concentrations of dinosaur bones that we've ever found". "There's a massive potential for some very exciting discoveries to come out of this work".

Sauropods, which first appeared in the late Triassic time, were the biggest animals to have lived on land.


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