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Dinosaur discovery in Winton could hold key to sauropods diet
“Scientists are hopeful the discovery of a fossilised dinosaur skeleton in outback Queensland will shed light on what was on the menu around 95 million years ago.
The most complete sauropod skeleton ever found in the southern hemisphere is being dug up at a sheep station near Winton, in western Queensland.
Third-generation grazier and field palaeontologist David Elliott said his son stumbled across the bones while mustering sheep two years ago.
Preserved in a layer of iron stone, the dinosaur’s stomach contents were also found.
International sauropod expert Paul Upchurch said it was an extremely rare find.
“If horsetails [a type of reed] are confirmed as being present as genuine stomach contents, then this gives us a glimpse of what the animals were eating.”
Sauropods were enormous herbivores and the species described around Winton lived in the cretaceous period.
They are the largest animals to have walked the earth with length of up to 33 metres and a height of 18 metres.
When they died their corpses were subjected to scavenging and their bones scattered, which is what makes an articulated skeleton unusual.” (…) READ MORE
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