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By Amelie Kokolios aged 10 and Siena Kokolios aged 8

Palaeontologists, scientists who study dinosaurs, have recently recognized a new species of dinosaur that’s the largest in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Australotitan cooperensis, nicknamed Cooper, was a plant eater, and was found near Cooper Creek in Queensland. It’s taken 14 years to piece all the bones together since it was first discovered on a farm in 2007.

Cooper is estimated to have been between 5 and 6.5 metres tall and 25 to 30 metres in length. The dinosaur was similar in size to a basketball court walking around on the land. 

The Australotitan cooperensis is in the top 15 of the largest dinosaurs in the world, entering an elite group of titanosaurs previously only discovered in South America.