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Lizard of Oz: meet Cooper, the supersized dino that thundered down under

The newly discovered species is the largest found in Australia and among the top five in the world

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Scientists have confirmed the discovery of a new dinosaur species in Australia, one of the largest found in the world, more than a decade after cattle farmers first uncovered bones of the animal.

The plant-eating sauropod lived in the Cretaceous period between 92 million and 96 million years ago when Australia was attached to Antarctica, according to a research paper (https://peerj.com/articles/11317) published on Monday.

Palaeontologists estimated the dinosaur reached a height of 5-6.5m at the hip and 25-30m in length, making it as long as a basketball court and as tall as a two-storey building...

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